My friend immediately replied that he is there, protesting, in order not to be ashamed when wearing a kippah.
And shaming is a cycle: because women are ashamed to come forward, the stigma persists, shaming more women, etc.
Most of them whispered their stories because they were too ashamed to speak out loud.
Old English asceamed "feeling shame, filled with shame," past participle of ascamian "to feel shame," from a- intensive prefix + scamian "be ashamed, blush; cause shame" (see shame (v.)). The verb is obsolete, but the past participle lives on. Meaning "reluctant through fear of shame" is c.1300.