WASHINGTON (Circa) — A new hashtag concerning stories of sexual assault is trending on Twitter. It's called #WhyIDidntReport.
The hashtag started as a response to President Donald Trump's tweets Friday morning about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the 1980s. She recently came forward with her story.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that two out of every three sexual assaults go unreported to police. RAINN says that survivors who do not report say some of the reasons include fear of retaliation or belief that police could not do anything to help. Survivors on Twitter are using the hashtag to share some of their stories of why they did not report their sexual assault or what happened when they spoke up.
I was 17. Raped by a friend. I was confused. In denial. Afraid. His parents were richer & better connected than my parents. He was a "good" student. Ppl liked him. The only friend I told--responded w: "He wld never do that." I didn't think anyone would help me. #WhyIDidntReport https://t.co/YbCuIMg07M— Abigail Hauslohner (@ahauslohner) September 21, 2018
I was 16. He was the 32 year old youth pastor at a friends church. I was trying to find purpose in life, what I found was that no one has good intentions. He had an entire community behind him, and a family with kids. I converted from that religion. #whyididntreport— timebeets (@timebeets) September 21, 2018
When I was 16, I had pretty much the same experience as Ford. My (supportive & loving) parents still don't know. At the time, I thought I might get in trouble for being there in the first place & also I was embarrassed & wanted badly to just forget. I never did. #WhyIDidntReport— maura quint (@behindyourback) September 21, 2018
#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. 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. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 21, 2018