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June 20 2021 7:04 AM ˚

Mays tops Twitter after abuse case shared on social media

The girl is now under the protection of the Family Protection Department

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AMMAN — On Tuesday, the Family Protection Department confirmed that Mays, a girl allegedly facing abuse from her family, is in good condition and is now under their protection.اضافة اعلان

On Wednesday, the hashtag #Mays_in_danger trended on social media networks, particularly Twitter. According to media reports, Mays is a 17-year-old girl who has lived in both Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Social media users have disseminated photos on social media platforms allegedly depicting the girl covered in bruises. 

Activists told a harrowing story, alleging that the girl was subjected to violence, beatings, sexual harassment, and insults from her own family. Subsequently, she was taken to her brother’s house in Jordan, where she claimed she was subject to sexual harassment and domestic abuse.

The alleged actions of her brother and the rest of the family resulted in her seeking help from police and the Family Protection Department. She has also pressed charges against her older brother and built a case on social media calling for help.

The Public Security Directorate’s media spokesperson stated that the girl, who appeared in a widely circulated video claiming that she was in danger of losing her life and is being beaten and abused by her family, has a file at the Family Protection Department. According to the department, her case is constantly monitored and she is no longer in danger.  

The spokesperson stated that a team from the Family Protection and Social Development team is following up on the case in order to intervene and guarantee that she is not subject to any type of violence or threats in the future.

Mays has appeared in viral videos asking for protection, safety from violence, a chance to continue her education, and the support of the public. Many feminist movements and women's rights pages on social media platforms have echoed her calls.

In her videos, she alleged that her family had tried to convince her that she was mentally ill and attempted to institutionalize her before she called doctors and assured them that she was okay.

Mays’ struggle has drawn attention to a problem widespread throughout Jordan: violence against women and children. According to the 2017-2018 Demographic and Health Survey, 21 percent of ever-married women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced physical violence at some point since the age 15. Over one in four (26 percent) ever-married women between the ages of 15 and 49 have ever experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence at the hands of their spouse. 


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