The 'Sarahah' app is quite a rage on the social circuit where netizens can send an anonymous message. However, an anonymous note proved to be a nightmare for this girl.
The girl who is a graphic designer posted a screenshot about a Sarahah message she received and it was a rape threat. It read, "I will rape you and you will like it."
Naturally, the girl was horrified. She posted a series of messages on Twitter, "To the person who sent me a rape threat on Sarahah: thank you for making me shake in my chair and worry for my safety. I hope you feel better by making me panic and scaring the living daylights out of me.I hope you never have to feel panic and anxiety like this. I'm horrified. And I'd like people to not tell me it was my fault for downloading an app.
She also clarified that she shouldn't be blamed for downloading the app.
"Just got a rape threat on Sarahah. Congratulations. You win. To everyone hating on Ssarahah because it is 'asking for abuse', NO. People are shit. The ones sending the nasty messages are the problem, not the people opening their inboxes. You're basically victim-blaming when you say it's our fault for having an account on this site," she posted on Facebook.
She added, "I enjoyed sending my friends anonymous messages on Sarahah so much - writing something with so much love, just to make their day. It's sad that no one saw that side of this app. You saw people seeking validation (let's be honest, who doesn't like hearing nice things? and who doesn't like saying them?), you saw people inviting trolls (I still fail to understand why you'd ever think we'd invite this), you saw people sharing positive comments about them just to show-off (as if anyone will share the mean comments). Please stop using me as an example of Sarahah gone wrong. I am NOT at fault for having an account on a social media app. The people who use that anonymity to spread hatred are the problem (and sometimes they do that without anonymity as well - just take a look at the 'others' folder on facebook of any girl on your friend list). Women are bullied and harassed online everywhere. At least direct your anger at the right place, if you must."
Designed by Saudi Arabian developer Zain Alabdin Tawfiq, the social network platform aims to let users send and receive honest feedback. In Arabic, Sarahah, means "honesty", and it started as a workplace tool but its purview was expanded after teens started using it. As the app says, "Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner." Since it was launched, it has reached No 1 in Apple's App Store in 30 countries.