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#YesAllWomen campaign hits Twitter after US shooting

Published on May 27, 2014 6:18 AM
A makeshift memorial is seen in front of the Alpha Phi sorority house where two women were killed in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California on May 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A campaign on Twitter denouncing misogyny has gathered thousands of followers after a bloody rampage in California by a 22-year-old virgin who said he was motivated by hatred of women.

The hashtag #YesAllWomen was launched to allow women to share stories of misogyny in the wake of Elliot Rodger’s assault on Friday in Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, which saw him kill six people before taking his own life.

While three of Rodger’s victims were men, the student had written a lengthy manifesto and posted videos online prior to the assault citing women as the cause of his rage.

In a YouTube video, Rodger spoke of his planned “day of retribution,” complaining about a life of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”

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