Celebs Share Their Own Stories of Sexual Assault and '#WhyIDidntReport' in Response to Donald Trump Tweet
By Liz Calvario
Celebrities are coming together to share their stories of sexual assault and the struggle many victims face in reporting such crimes.
On Friday, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter after President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on the sexual assault allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
In a Washington Post article last week, Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, coming forward as the author of an anonymous letter penned earlier this summer. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
"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," Trump tweeted on Friday. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"
Soon after, Alyssa Milano and Ashley Judd, who were also part of the #MeToo movement, took to Twitter to clap back at Trump and his comments.
"Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f**k up. I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents," Milano wrote. "If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this please do so in the replies. #MeToo."
"#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon," Judd tweeted. "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."
#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.
See how other celebrities have responded to Trump's tweet.
If you want to see who the leaders are of #MeToo look no further than the thousands of people sharing their #WhyIDidntReport stories. This movement will not be derailed by anyone. It is decentralized collective power which is why it has limitless strength.
The third time I was assaulted I was 23. I thought that no one would believe me, because no one wanted to stand up to him. I had seen the way Anita Hill was treated when she came forward. #WhyIDidntReport
I waited over 20 years to report my sexual abuser. Because I was 14. Because it was my hero. Because it was my priest. Because I thought I'd be expelled. Because I feared no one would believe me. Because I thought suicide was easier than telling 1 person#WhyIDidntReport