#WhyIDidntReport: Sexual Assault Victims React to Trump’s Attack on Christine Ford

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Less than a week after Christine Blasey Ford spoke publicly for the first time about her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee on Twitter and suggested that Ford was not telling the truth. In response to Trump’s tweets, survivors of sexual violence used the #WhyIDidn’tReport hashtag on Twitter to discuss why they didn’t report their own experiences with sexual assault, and voiced solidarity with Ford.

In a letter sent to California lawmakers over the summer, Ford, a professor in California, alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, when they were both high school students. Kavanaugh has denied these allegations, stating that he “did not do this back in high school or at any time.” On Friday, Trump defended Kavanaugh on Twitter, implying that the judge’s reputation was unfairly under attack.

For many people on Twitter, Trump’s tweets were reminiscent of the doubt and skepticism survivors often face when they report sexual assault. As a result, his defense of Kavanaugh prompted thousands of tweets under the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag.

Actress Alyssa Milano — who last year boosted Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movementwith a viral hashtag — replied directly to Trump, letting him know that she was sexually assaulted twice but never filed a police report.

Actress and activist Ashley Judd was one of many survivors to join the conversation sparked by the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag:

 

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