#WhyIDidntReport - Sexual Assault Survivors Share Stories on Twitter

An activists expresses her support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who recently accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

Donald Trump 'victim shames' woman who accused Supreme Court pick of sex attack'

On Friday morning, Donald Trump finally did what his aides reportedly have been working desperately to keep him from doing: he went on the offensive and attacked the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. She also wants the FBI to investigate her claim before she testifies against Kavanaugh as part of his nomination proceedings.

By mid-afternoon East Coast time, tens of thousands of tweets had been posted to the microblogging platform as users explained why they had not reported occasions on which they, too, had been sexually assaulted in the past.

Almost 1,200 women who attended her all-girls high school signed a public letter of support.

But thirdly, and most importantly, there are near-infinite reasons for why someone in Ford's position might not have told her "loving parents" about the assault, let alone would have reported the assault to the authorities.

Promptly, and bravely, responding to the president's unwarranted and unsubstantiated comment, Milano chose to set the president straight in a searing and honest tweet, in which she revealed she has also been a victim of sexual assault.

The senior senator for Trump's Democratic foes, Chuck Schumer, called the president's logic a "highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma", while Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said: "We must treat sexual assault survivors with respect, not bully or try to silence them".

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Kavanaugh has denied the claims, but the allegation has halted his confirmation proceedings.

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" his tweet concluded. The reason why: Trump claimed that women who are sexually assaulted should report it right away.

She told the newspaper she remembered thinking: "I'm not ever telling anyone this".

Many victims said that at the time they felt that assault or rape was their fault, that they allowed it to happen and that they were to blame. Trump's tweet was slammed for being tone-deaf and ignorant of the obstacles facing survivors in coming forward about such incidents, immediately or even decades after the fact. Because I didn't want my boyfriend to look at me differently. "They said 'Oh, he's a nice old man, that's not what he meant.' So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary".

"I was living in a time when someone who identified as a gay teenager would NOT be taken seriously by the police". And this feels particularly true when such tweets are aimed at a man with a great amount of power who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 19 women and has privately admitted to having the ability to "grab [women] by the [vagina]".

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