On 23 May 2014, twenty-two year old Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in the town of Isla Vista, California. He murdered six people and injured a further thirteen before shooting himself.
His motive? The female population.
The night before he committed the horrific act, he uploaded a video onto YouTube entitled Elliot Rodger’s Retribution, in which he described his loneliness, which he blamed on girls because they “gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me.”
He went on to state that he wanted to punish girls for not responding to his advances and that “you think I’m unworthy and that’s a crime that can never be forgiven. If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. I hate all of you.”
This attack of hatred on women, for simply refusing to fulfil this boy’s desires, was the launching pad for the Twitter trend that went viral: #YesAllWomen, which allowed women all over the world to share the different ways in which they have experienced sexual hatred, fear and harassment. And the results were startling.
Here are just a few of the most eye opening tweets so far sent into #YesAllWomen: