Survivors speak out: The successes and failures of hashtag activism

Stephanie Fohring*, Lily Horsfield

*Corresponding author for this work

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Following victimisation of many types, knowing one is not alone in their experience, or the reactions to that experience, has been identified as comforting and supportive of recovery in survivors of violence and abuse. Information is often provided by support groups, professionals, or victim/ survivor organisations, which still fill a significant gap in the criminal justice system, which offers insufficient support to victims of crime. However, as many victims do not engage with support services or the criminal justice system, they may be at risk of not receiving such crucial support. The rising popularity of so called 'hashtag activism' has however provided victims and survivors with a worldwide platform to share experiences, reactions, information, support, and solidarity. This chapter explores the impact of key hashtags, such as #metoo and #BlackLivesMatter, via a critical evaluation of outcomes, including policy, cultural, and legislative impact, to unpick their successes and failures, with a focus on support and community-building, marginalisation and performative allyship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald International Handbook of Activist Criminology
EditorsVictoria Canning, Greg Martin, Steve Tombs
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781802621990
ISBN (Print)9781802622003
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Activist Criminology

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