With the “97 per cent” trending on TikTok, a game you shouldn’t play has come to the surface. What is the Firetruck Game?
After the tragic murder of Sarah Everard in the UK, females have been speaking up on social media about the struggles that females go through on a daily basis. The Firetruck game has been identified by many females as a tricky harassment game that you shouldn’t agree to play and here’s why.
The “97 per cent” TikTok trend explained
The “97 per cent” trend is taking over TikTok spreading a significant message across social media.
An investigation by UN Women UK released in March 2021, revealed that 97% of women aged 18-24 have been sexually harassed, meaning that almost all UK female population has experienced a form of sexual harassment.
The study also found that over 96% of the women who have experienced sexual harassment, didn’t report it because they thought it won’t make any difference.
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With the rise of the “97 per cent” trend on TikTok, a game that can be used to sexually harass women has been surfacing, named “firetruck game.”
What is the Firetruck game?
The Fire Truck game is actually a black-and-white 1978 arcade game, but nowadays it’s a completely different game.
The Firetruck game usually involves a woman and a man. The man asks whether he can play with her the “firetruck game,” where he goes on to touch her body until she says “stop.”
The worst part of the game is that when the female says “red light,” the man is supposed to say: “fire trucks don’t stop at red lights” and continue touching her without consent.
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Why you shouldn’t play the Firetruck Game
While the Firetruck game might seem an innocent little game at first, it can end up in sexual harassment.
Female social media users acknowledge the firetruck game as the earliest forms of sexual assault, inappropriately normalised in younger ages, especially in school years.
Stop normalising the firetruck game. It isn’t a game, it’s dangerous and a form of sexual harassment.