Alyssa Milano adds her voice to #WhyIDidntReport movement

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2018

And yet, despite the effort and trauma and prior socialization that has told us yelling into this void will do us no good, sexual assault survivors across Twitter have found themselves, once again, gutturally decrying President Donald Trump's latest tweets on sexual assault, defending themselves and thousands of others who didn't report their sexual assault after they occurred.

Last year, Alyssa Milano helped popularize the #MeToo movement with a simple tweet.

Milano's story comes as part of a movement that arose in response to President Donald Trump's criticisms of Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who has accused Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f-k up", she tweeted Friday.

"Because it was gutting to admit - even to myself - that I was assaulted".

"I was living in a time when someone who identified as a gay teenager would NOT be taken seriously by the police. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents", Milano tweeted. "Telling our stories means being vulnerable to public attacks and ridicule when our only crime was to be assaulted in the first place", she added.

The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport has turned into an outlet of sorts for victims, nearly becoming a second act to the #MeToo movement.

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

His brief remarks came a day after a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleged in an article in The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were both freshmen at Yale University. "The culture of victim blaming has to end". "It certainly wasn't talked about the way it is now". She also said she didn't report the incident. She detailed the attack in a column for the Washington Post. "Ford wants the FBI to investigate so that some of the details she doesn't remember can be established. It's a fearless request", Davis added. "Perhaps the aging men who are poised to interrogate her, unless they hide behind surrogates, should pause for a moment and think about the courage it takes for a woman to say: Here is my memory". It has haunted me for decades. Know that I see you.

She concludes the essay with explicit support for Ford and a denouncement of Trump and Kavanaugh.

President Trump has previously defended his nominee's character and said it's hard for him to believe that he would have carried out a sexual assault as alleged, but had previously refrained from direct attacks as he said he wanted to hear from Ford and allow the process to play out.

Blasey has agreed to testify about her experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Here are some of their most intense and profound reactions.

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