#WhyIDidntReport Is the Most Powerful Reaction to Trump's Comments About Sexual Assault

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Actor-activist Alyssa Milano - who helped popularize the Twitter hashtag #metoo a year ago - sparked the new hashtag #WhyIDidntReport to become the top trend on Twitter Friday afternoon.

There are countless things wrong with Trump's assertion that had an assault been "as bad", a report would have been filed.

Ford has said when they were teens in 1982, Kavanaugh pinned her down at a house party, groped her and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

Trump followed that up with another tweet, asking, "The radical left lawyers want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved NOW". First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist.

"When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn't that much older than Christine Blasey Ford - now a PhD in psychology - was when she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh denies the incident occurred)".

The 45-year-old actress went on to write that it took her "years" after the assault to speak up about the experience to her friends and "three decades" before she told her parents. Those reasons range from the aforementioned problem that law enforcement may not have done a thing about Kavanaugh's behavior at the time of the assault, to the various stigmas that come with being a survivor of sexual assault, even today-that you must've been foolish with your personal safety, that you're weak to have been assaulted, or that you must've done something to deserve it.

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Thousands of survivors came forward on social media Friday with their own accounts of why they didn't report being sexually assaulted, creating a show of defiance against President Donald Trump and anyone else who questions an accuser's honesty. "I told the first adults I came upon", she stated. "This is nothing, it didn't happen, and he didn't rape me". My (supportive & loving) parents still don't know.

Would you like to wait for more alleged witnesses to be interviewed, hear Blasey Ford's testimony to the United States Senate, or listen to Kavanaugh's rebuttal prior to making a judgement call that could utterly ruin an innocent man's life and career? Once when I was a teenager.

Actress Izzie Steele tweeted that her alleged attacker "was my boyfriend and my best friend told me i wasent REALLY assaulted and that i was just being dramatic".

Attached to the star's clutch were small pink badges that read "I still believe Anita Hill", and "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".

And Daily Beast reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian tweeted that she "was on a Christian study overseas program, and I believed that the program head would kick me out of the program for 'sex outside of marriage, ' which was against program rules".


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