What is National Rape Day, the TikTok manosphere’s most enduring and disturbing idea?

By Abby Amoakuh

Published May 11, 2024 at 09:00 AM

Reading time: 3 minutes

‘National Rape Day’ or ‘National Sexual Assault Day’ is an alleged holiday claiming to legalise sexual assault for the entirety of 24 April. Disturbing, I know.

At this point, the emergence of a new, disturbing TikTok trend is quite unsurprising. We’ve seen everything now from the oatzempic diet, DIY tooth gemsface wax challenges, and NyQuil chicken (don’t ask). However, there is one particular fad that rears its ugly, disgusting and illegal head every year and it falls on 24 April, commonly referred to as ‘National Rape Day’.

What is National Rape Day?

‘National Rape Day’ or ‘National Sexual Assault Day’ is an alleged holiday claiming to legalise sexual assault for the entirety of 24 April. Disturbing, I know. But let’s be crystal clear here, this concept—which feels as though it’s been pulled straight out of The Purge—is completely fictional. There is absolutely no holiday in the UK or anywhere else in the world that legalises sexual assault at all. Rape and sexual assault are, say it with me, serious criminal offences, and will continue to be so throughout the entirety of 24 April.

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Replying to @mdb722 hopefully this explains for some people what April 24th is

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