Trump outburst over Kavanaugh's female accuser sparks #WhyIDidntReport hashtag trend

Calling Kavanaugh a fine man Trump defended him and asked why wasn’t a report filed when the incident happened

Calling Kavanaugh a fine man Trump defended him and asked why wasn’t a report filed when the incident happened

Milano shared her personal story of being sexually assaulted and encouraged others to do the same after the president questioned Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

While it's vital that allegations of sexual abuse always be taken seriously, we must not allow the presumption of innocence on the part of the accused to be minimized.

Since then, victims of assault have come forward under the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag to explain why they didn't speak up about their assaults earlier.

Friends and colleagues of US President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, have spoken out to defend him over historical sexual assault allegations.

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'It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends, ' Milano wrote in a first-person piece for Vox. "I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents", tweeted actress Alyssa Milano. "It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened", Milano wrote.

Trump tweeted Friday that if the attack was "as bad as she says", Ford or her parents would have reported it to law enforcement.

On Friday, the hashtag went viral, with Twitter users explaining why they didn't report an assault they experienced.

Ford, a California professor, initially made the accusation in a confidential letter and only came out publicly because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", she told The Washington Post.

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A study carried out by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) on alleged assault cases between 2005 and 2010 found that 20 per cent of victims who did not report their cases cited "fear of reprisal" while two per cent believed the police could not do anything to help.

However, this inspired people across the country to share why they did not report their sexual assaults with the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag. "So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary". In yet another #DearIvanka campaign, other celebrities - including Busy Philipps, Amy Schumer, and Sophia Bush - are using their voices on social media to call on White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump to push the administration to conduct an FBI investigation into the charges. This statement chilled me to my core.

"Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true", she wrote. To see such raw emotion displayed on Twitter, sometimes, for the very first time in our lives. They said "Oh, he's a nice old man, that's not what he meant",' tweeted activist Ashley Judd.

Ultimately, people in power, such as the president and the countless Congress members who doubt the validity of Ford's account, have once again put the onus of validating sexual assault on the survivors themselves.

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