TEDx Thessaloniki

Ione Wells

Can social media deliver justice for issues like sexual assault?

Apr 2016

Ione Wells describes her experience of being a victim of sexual assault. She talks about her emotions, her response and her choice to tell people that victims are #NotGuilty, thus creating a campaign that encouraged other people to voice their experiences.

Her reaction however did not come without criticism. A tabloid newspaper and social media “trolls” accused her of trying to shame her attacker or attempting to promote her “feminist agenda”, a response that created further injustice toward her and other victims.

What she tells us is that we should take a “more considered approach to the way we use [social media] to respond to injustice” and use this new means of communication to bring justice, educate, and stimulate discussion.

Ione Wells

Ione Wells, 21, is in her second year reading for an undergraduate degree in English...


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