I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age: Ayesha Omar

By: News Desk      Published: 01:45 AM, 4 Aug, 2020
I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age: Ayesha Omar
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Popular Pakistani actress and model Ayesha Omar too has come out with her #MeToo story.

Talking to Rose McGowan, American actress and activist who was one of the women at the forefront of the #MeToo Movement against American film producer Harvey Weinstein, during a live Instagram session, Ayesha said, “I have been struggling with my own story. I have been a victim of sexual harassment as well. This happened very early on in my career. I was only 23 years old. I had just moved to Karachi, just out of college. And I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age, very very powerful.

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“And it did not stop. It wasn’t one of the incidents; it happened multiple times and I did not have the courage to talk about it to anybody. It was only two years ago that I finally, when another friend of mine decided to face her own story and come out with it, … got the strength to talk about it. I do tell [about it]. My friends know who it is, but publically I haven’t been able to reveal my story. And obviously because of the aftermath and everything that any victim has to deal with, A) trauma, what he or she went through.

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“And if that wasn’t traumatic enough, the continuous trauma after the victim/the person will come out with their experience and the battle that starts, which is just as excruciating as the one proceeding it. I have myself seen a few examples. People who have come out with their stories, their names have been dragged in the ground, slandered, there is a lot of victim blaming. So obviously that scares most people from every coming out with their stories.”

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