The New York magazine cover featuring 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape featured one empty chair for any women who have not come forward because they are still too afraid to speak out.
Within minutes of the cover’s publication on Sunday evening, Twitter users had created a hashtag for #TheEmptyChair, dedicated to victims of rape, sexual assault and abuse who are too frightened to come forward due to shame, stigma or the possibility further abuse.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. 1/6 belong in #TheEmptyChair.
— Ya girl Samee (@sameecallie) July 27, 2015
I knew that my own sexual history and mental illness would be dragged into court and I wouldn't survive it #TheEmptyChair
— April. (@AprilTara) July 27, 2015
A DM sent to me: "I can't share my empty chair story bc I signed an NDA. needed the money more than justice, and he knew it" #TheEmptyChair
— Elon James White (@elonjames) July 27, 2015
— Pia Glenn (@PiaGlenn) July 27, 2015
TW: rape 83% of women w develop. disabilities are sexually assaulted 49% are assaulted more than 10x 3% are reported #TheEmptyChair
— IsaJennie (@IsaJennie) July 27, 2015
Wow and the New York Cover is so powerful. So many women and men and children in #TheEmptyChair
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) July 27, 2015
— Patiently Waiting (@perceptiveangel) July 27, 2015
I sit in #TheEmptyChair with too many other women I know.
— Éireann (@indiegoddess) July 27, 2015