Yesterday hundreds of women took to Twitter to share experiences of sexual assault and harassment from their childhoods, using the hashtag #WhenIWas.

The hashtag was started by the site EverydaySexism because of the number of stories they receive from women. The resulting tweets painted a disturbing picture of just how pervasive rape culture is, with some women recounting incidents from when they were as young as 8 years old.

Women shared varying experiences of being assaulted, harassed, catcalled and discriminated against. However, they all served to highlight the culture of shame and silence that women face when these incidents happen.

In an interview with Mic, EverydaySexism founder Laura Bates said, ‘It helps us to see the connections between the things we’re told not to make a fuss about and the more serious abuse.’

The hashtag also served to create a space for women to share their experiences and be supported by each other.

Read some of the experiences shared below: [TW: Sexual assault]