People Show Support for Domestic Abuse Victim Nan-Hui Jo with #StandWithNanHui and #WeSurvived

Twitter talk has made people alert about the plight of Nan-Hui Jo . Jo, a native South Korean who immigrated to the U.S., had fled the U.S. with her daughter back to Korea in 2009 to find shelter from her father’s daughter, Iraq war vet Jesse Charlton. But, as Al-Jazeera states, Charlton filed child abduction charges against her, meaning that now, her daughter resides with him while Jo is in jail. Further complicating the case is that Jo is undocumented, giving her a much higher percentage at being deported.

Sadly, Jo was convicted of child abduction this week, despite the fact that she left the country to save herself and her child. This case, combined with the less-than-satisfactory ruling have spawned th hashtags #StandWithNanHui and #WeSurvived, the latter featuring Twitter users who were brave enough to give personal instances of how emotional and physical abuse affected their lives and how they, their mothers or grandmothers escaped.  Below are some of the tweets from the hashtag movements.

This case hits home in a lot of ways (many of which are touched on in these tweets), but mostly because it reiterates the victim-blaming culture that also upholds rape culture and other issues that find women in a place of vulnerability. The idea is to always blame the woman for their predicament, when the blame should really be placed squarely on the men who inflict violence. Instead of Jo being criminalized for trying to do what she could to save herself and her child, Charlton should be the one who has to answer to the law.

Have you participated in either of these hashtags? Give your opinions in the comments section below.

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