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The No Make Up Selfie That Shocked and Inspired Women Around the World

Jeanne marie ryan no make up selfie violence against women


Jeanne marie ryan no make up selfie violence against women

The No Make Up Selfie for a Different Cause

If you are a regular Facebook user, it is unlikely that you have logged onto the site during the course of the last week and not happened upon one of your friends posting a selfie without make-up and inviting others to do the same, in a bid to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

However, popping up in my newsfeed this evening was a #nomakeupselfie that caught my eye and for all the wrong reasons.  Take a look…

29 year old Oxford University student Jeanne Marie Ryan has courageously flexed her own social media muscle to highlight another issue – namely violence against women.

Miss Ryan, on a night out with friends suffered a broken nose and fractured cheekbones after being punched repeatedly in the face by a man whom she rejected after he sexually assaulted her on the dancefloor of a nightclub.

Refusing to be a victim, Miss Ryan has put a new spin on the #nomakeupselfie campaign, saying:

i am sorry cancer research, but my #nomakeupselfie is for a different cause:

for telling a guy in a club who groped me that it is completely inappropriate to touch a woman without her consent, i was beaten. he told me to “Smile!”, too. (

no, we do not have to wear makeup

no, we do not have to smile

and, most importantly,

no, we do NOT have to be touched.

i’m trying to channel my rage into something constructive, so i’m raising money for the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC). …

thanks, friends. sometimes you just have to make the best out of a broken nose, right?

To date, the charity page has raised 7,931.99 since being posted on the 23rd March, and the selfie has been shared 6,167 times on Facebook.

Thank you Jeanne Marie Ryan for being such an inspiration to so many women around the world.  Your act of courage and defiance in the face of a deplorable act of cowardly violence leads an example to women showing that this is not something to be ashamed of, it is not something that was deserved, and that women do not have to lay down and be victims.

What do you think of Jeanne Marie Ryan’s stand against her attacker?






Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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