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Why Justin Bieber’s read receipts shouldn’t quiet sexual assault victims

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, sexual assault

Justin Beiber and Ansel Elgort are two of the latest celebrities to have found themselves in the midst of sexual assault accusations.

Last week, a Twitter user, @ItsGabby, who has since deleted her account, tweeted about her assault.

“So when it happened, instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were “we need to break you in” the tweet stated, “… he made me think this is how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT…”

There is no official date of when the assault happened, but Gabby claims Elgort assaulted her in his 20s. Elgort is now 26.

Gabby says she now has PTSD along with multiple panic attacks and has gone to therapy multiple times in order to cope.

She also posted multiple photos of them together as proof as well as screenshots of their conversations together.

Ansel Elgort posted a response to this accusation on Saturday, claiming it was a consensual relationship.


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Elgort offers a belated apology for his behavior. He says he still has a lot to learn.

Although people want to believe that their beloved celebrity would never do such a thing, we cannot avoid the evidence in front of us. Just because Elgort is not the person we have created in our minds, does not mean we can turn a blind eye.

False rape/sexual assault accusations only hold about 5% of rape allegations. This number may seem huge but for the most part, it can still be considered an incomplete number. This number comes from a study done on college students. College students on average, do not report their sexual assault 95% of the time.

Only an estimation of 8-10 percent of women actually reports their rape. Belknap believes we can infer that 90% of reports go unreported. These numbers are only estimates and we can only infer from what we know but Belknap does suggest that many rapes go unreported.

In total, only about 2-10% of false rape accusations are exactly what they sound like, false. This is an extremely small percentage of all the rapes that are reported.

We must take into account that it is more likely for someone that reports their rape to be telling the truth.

No matter how hard it is for us to accept that our favorite celebrity has done something harmful to another, we must remember we do not know celebrities personally.

Until there is hard evidence that proves they have not done anything wrong, it is better to be on the side of a liar than on the side of a rapist.

Justin Bieber’s read receipts

Justin Bieber has recently been accused of sexually assaulting someone while he was in a relationship with Selena Gomez.

Two accounts came forward with their own story of being sexually abused by Bieber, however, they are currently being debunked. One of the accounts has been deactivated since. Bieber tweeted directly in response to one of the accusations, claiming that it was false.

His response did not end there. He went on to offer support and redirected the conversation towards the real issue of sexual assault.

Bieber posted a series of tweets including evidence of where he had been and with who he was with.

The victim claimed Bieber stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel where he was then spotted on March 10th, a day after the alleged assault. Bieber has since states he was only there to eat at the restaurant.

Another Twitter defended Bieber, saying they had only seen him at the restaurant and not at the actual hotel.

Justin continued using the fan’s tweets to help exonerate himself in the public eye.

Bieber also posted receipts of an Airbnb he stayed at with Selena Gomez and a few of his friends.

Justin basically had all the receipts at the ready to prove his innocence.

Coming Forward

Sexual assault should not be taken lightly. However, false accusations diminish the experiences of actual victims and survivors.

They also lower the reliability of the #MeToo Movement, where sexual assault victims find the confidence to come forward about what has happened to them.

People may be conflicted about who they should side with when these accusations come to light, especially when a celebrity is involved.

Unfortunately, many people side with the perpetrator if he is favored or has social status. This causes other women who have been assaulted to not come forward, which can have harsh psychological effects. Usually, when one woman comes forward, others follow.

Believe women.