Donald Trump Questions Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Sparking #WhyIDidntReport

Pauline Gross
September 23, 2018

Some of the most vocal proponents of the #MeToo movement and droves of other women have come to the defense of Christine Blasey Ford after President Donald Trump questioned her credibility and wondered why she didn't report her sexual assault at the time she said it happened.

The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee was on Friday given more time to decide on testifying in the Senate - hours after the U.S. president claimed her accusation could not be true.

On Friday, former President Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis came forward with a Washington Post op-ed, claiming she was raped by a music executive nearly 40 years ago.

This time, it was solidarity through attempted education, as sexual assault survivors furiously hit back at Trump and Ford's other detractors with the reasons why they, like Ford, kept their trauma to themselves for so long. This is an estimated total of 63 percent of assaults. Victims may also fear retribution or ridicule.

Stay tuned for more drama - in which the Hollywood crowd will certainly continue to take part.

But perhaps the stories of individuals are more powerful than studies and statistics. He first tweeted, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay".

He tweeted: '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.

The majority of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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"Because I didn't want people to think I made it up for attention".

"If I am someone who believes there is going to be retaliation, or the person who committed and perpetrated the events against me is well-respected, has a high profile within a community, a community I care about, I am going to see a lot of risk related to reporting, particularly because it will instigate an investigation, and that might be a risk I'm not willing to take".

"I was 17. Raped by a friend".

"I was appalled by the president's tweet", she told United States media. It took 4 years to break the silence.

In a searing essay for Vox, she explained why watching the leaders of our country tear down Ford is so offensive, and why people often don't report rape and other sexual assault crimes.

Several women shared incidents they said happened when they were young children, saying they didn't know what had happened to them at the time.

"I did report. I went to the hospital and the SVU in Brooklyn and told them what happened to me", Twitter user Zerlina Maxwell wrote. "Biggest mistake of my life". "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".

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