Ayesha Omar urges abuse victims to ‘speak up’

LAHORE: Famous Pakistani actress, singer and model Ayesha Omar has urged the victims of harassment and abuse to speak up against the accused.
On a social media website Twitter, the Tanhai actress spoke up about the #MeToo movement saying that “So so proud of all the students who have come out with their stories of harassment and abuse. It takes so much to find that courage and the world can be very nasty to those who speak up. Bravo Kids. #MeToo #speakup.”

Ayesha Omar’s statement came a day after five employees of a private school in Lahore, who was accused of harassing female students were fired from their jobs, while, the principal, administrator and coordinator were suspended.
Several students said that they were being harassed since 2016 but had decided to report the incidents to the management after it became unbearable.
In another tweet, Ayesha Omar said, “We cannot undermine someone else’s experience or feelings just because ours was different. We cannot put a time limit on anyone’s emotional reactions. Empathy and validating others go a long way. The tables could turn one day.”
She also urged others to speak up and break the silence on #MeToo. “#Metoo #speakup #breakthesilence,” she used the hashtags.

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