'April 24' TikTok trend: Disturbing details about 6 sick men promoting 'National Rape Day' and how to report it

The men have declared that it is legal to carry out such acts on April 24 and have also provided tips on how to do so. It's not clear where, or when the trend originated from


                            'April 24' TikTok trend: Disturbing details about 6 sick men promoting 'National Rape Day' and how to report it
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TikTok is known for disturbing trends, but a horrifying new one has recently emerged. Six men have reportedly used the platform to promote a 'National Rape Day' on April 24. Users report that the men, who are yet to be identified, have called for a 'national day' to carry out acts of sexual violence against women. 

Reportedly, the men have declared that it is legal to carry out such acts on April 24, and have also provided tips on how to do so. It's not clear where, or when the trend originated from, but it has led to a strong counter-trend. Over the last few days, many users have used the platform to draw attention to the possible threat and how to stay safe.

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One user, with the handle @sgtjarrett said, "So I literally just saw a video on TikTok, and I had to make a video myself because most of my followers are women and I need to make sure you guys are aware. This is a video going around on TikTok of disgusting men — rapists, child molesters, predators, just disgusting human beings — and they literally came up with a date to go around and rape women and children. You literally heard me right: women and children."

A screenshot from a TikTok condemning the April 24 trend. (borutouzmakishusband via TikTok)

 

Plenty of other users have also made TikToks to raise awareness about the disturbing trend. It is good to know that it's not just female users, but also male users who are speaking up against the trend. One man on the platform said, "Boys, you decide to celebrate this little holiday just note that guys like me will take you out". Others say it could possibly be a joke, but since there is no way to be sure have asked users to stay vigilant. If you plan to go out on April 24, please ensure you do so with at least one other person and carry pepper spray. It is also advisable you stay indoors if possible. 

How to report on TikTok

So far, the videos have been spotted only on TikTok. If you come across them, you should report them immediately. There's a quick and easy way to report videos on TikTok as per the platform's support pages. When you see the video, tap 'Share' and select 'Report' from the options that pop up. Then follow the instructions given. You can also report the user by going to their profile and tapping the '...' icon and then 'Report' from the pop-up screen. 

In this photo illustration, the download page for the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

 

MEAWW urges users not to share the video and to report it immediately. If you know a person who shares the video or makes one like it, you are also urged to report the individual to the police. This disturbing trend should have no space on social media, irrespective of whether it is a joke or not. News of the trend has also made it to other platforms, including Twitter. One person tweeted, "There is a “joke” going around on the Internet that some people want a National [email protected] Day. Please be extremely careful on April 24. Even if all of this is just rumors, if one person takes it seriously, it can damage our even kill someone for the rest of their life".



 

 

Another person tweeted, "How are m*n actually tryna create a "national r*pe day".. i don't know or care if it's a joke but the fact that it was trending on tiktok is so disgusting. stay safe on April 24 yall, you could never be too safe." One person said, "There are really people on tiktok trying to make “national rape day” a thing!?!?!? EXCUSE ME!?! apparently it’s on April 24, PLEASE be safe."



 

 



 

 

One person said, "I saw something on tiktok about people trying to make April 24 national [email protected] day, I don’t know who came up with that, but if you support it you’re the scum of the earth. Idk if its true but ladies stay safe."



 

 

Reportedly, TikTok has already taken down the original video that started the trend, but we couldn't verify this claim. It is also unclear if the trend is big on other platforms. We haven't been able to spot many posts on Facebook or Twitter promoting the event, but it is likely that users could be using other platforms like Reddit. If you do spot the messages on other platforms, please do report it as well. 

These remarks were made by the Internet and individual organizations, MEAWW cannot confirm them independently and nor does it support these claims being made on the Internet.

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