According to users, a group of men have declared April 24 a “national day” for carrying out rape and sexual assault. It’s not clear where the trend originated or exactly who is responsible for beginning it.
But in recent days, multiple TikTok users have made videos in a bid to make others aware of the possible threat.
“So I literally just saw a video on TikTok, and I had to make a video myself because most of my followers are women,” one TikTok user explained in a video.
“And I need to make sure you guys are aware that there is a video going around on TikTok of disgusting men—rapists, child molesters, predators, just disgusting human beings—and they literally came up with a date to go around and rape women and children. You literally heard me right: women and children.”
She went on to say the date in question is April 24 and urged people to take precautions on the day, as well as spread the warning to others.
“You guys, stay indoors. I know it happens every day, but they are literally making this date especially for that. Carry what you got to carry cause I think the f**k not. Stay safe, share this,” she added.
Others noted that some people have suggested the trend may be a joke, but urged people to be wary nonetheless.
“The trolls of the internet have declared April 24th…,” another TikTok user says in a clip as the words “National R@pe Day” appear on screen after a trigger warning.
“And there is a mix of people who seem to claim that it is a joke and a bunch of other people who are trying to say it is very, very real. So out of an abundance of caution, I think everyone needs to just try and stay home.”
How to report
Some TikTok users are also urging people to block any videos that promote rape and sexual assault.
If you come across videos that promote rape, sexual assault or violence of any kind, click on the arrow on the lower right side of the video—located just below the comment function.
Then, click the flag icon marked “report” and choose the reason that best applies from the list provided.
For support, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) or visit the RAINN website to chat online with a trained staff member who can provide confidential crisis support.
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