The Ariana Grande Concert Attack Is Being Called an Act of Anti-Women Violence
As we continue to grieve the 22 lives lost last night during the horrifying incident at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, a 23-year-old man has been arrested and ISIS has claimed responsibility, though has yet to provide any proof that they were indeed behind the explosion. However, many have taken to Twitter to address what they feel is the real reason behind this heartbreaking act: anti-women violence.
With reports currently confirming that most of the victims of last night’s attack were women, most were in fact young teens and girls. They were children attending their favorite pop star’s concert with their moms or best friends. Women and girls were directly targeted merely because they were women and girls, and that’s almost too painful to bare.
— Maryam ☪ (@GB_fanatic) May 23, 2017
Though through the sorrow, many are expressing their anger, as well as calls for action.
— Double X (@DoubleXMag) May 23, 2017
Honestly I'm sick bc whomever is responsible for the Manchester bombing was specifically targeting young girls/women and LGBTQ+
— Aaron (@aaron_tomberlin) May 23, 2017
the Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women, specifically young girls
— carnival king (@windycarnage) May 23, 2017
— Ana Margarita (@anamargaritam) May 23, 2017
@CBSEveningNews An attack not just on Manchester, England, western civilization but on women, moms, sisters, daughters everywhere. An attack on all of US.
— Brantley Davis (@Bdavis1461) May 23, 2017
Imagine being so vile to plan to target girls and young women #Manchester
— carly (@malibucarly1) May 23, 2017
A man chose to target a concert of mostly girls and women. Could have chosen a sporting event. Didn't. This is gender violence. #manchester
— Kathleen Pye (@KathleenCanada) May 23, 2017
Last year, violent crimes against women in England already reached a record level, and there are many organizations working not only to spread awareness but to aid survivors and reduce rates of incidence. Our hearts continue to go out to all of those who have been affected by this tragedy, as well as anyone who’s grieving and deeply hurting today because of this senseless act of violence.
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