Sexual assault survivors share #WhyIDidntReport as Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser

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"It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends", Milano wrote.

"I was living in a time when someone who identified as a gay teenager would NOT be taken seriously by the police". In a new essay for Vox, Milano unpacks the stigma of reporting sexual assault and how reactions like Trump's and Kavanaugh's are exactly why survivors are so scared to come forward.

There are many reasons victims do not report sexual assault, and one federal agency found that the overwhelming majority of sexual violence incidents go unreported in the United States.

Many victims said that at the time they felt that assault or rape was their fault, that they allowed it to happen and that they were to blame.

Another shared, "For the first few years after I didn't report because I was terrified and didn't have the words".

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David Leavitt wrote, "I was four and he said he'd kill me".

One of those victims was Alyssa Milano, who has helped propel the #MeToo movement into the national spotlight in the past year. First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist. It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never filed a police report. I never told officials. "I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option", she wrote.

"For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life".

Milano, who appeared on "Who's the Boss?" and "Charmed", also said she believes Blasey Ford and called on senators to reject Kavanaugh's nomination. The piece also included a call-to-arms against Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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On Friday, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport went viral, with Twitter users explaining why they didn't report an assault they experienced. And the highest court in our land is no place for an alleged sexual offender to sit.

Others who posted the hashtag said they still couldn't share their story.

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 USA president claimed her accusation could not be true.

But perhaps the stories of individuals are more powerful than studies and statistics. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" "I told the first adults I came upon", she stated.

He then added in a subsequent tweet, "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". And this feels particularly true when such tweets are aimed at a man with a great amount of power who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 19 women and has privately admitted to having the ability to "grab [women] by the [vagina]".

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