After Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by former classmate Dr Christine Blasey Ford earlier this month, US President Donald Trump downplayed the charge against the judge by demanding to see the report that was filed to the authorities after the alleged assault occurred.
He claimed that if the assault was as serious as she claims it to be, it must have been reported.
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. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
Many people came forward to correct his gross assumption with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, starting with Hollywood actors and #MeToo campaigners Alyssa Milano and Ashley Judd:
Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the fuck 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.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 21, 2018
#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.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 21, 2018
Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. #WhyIDidntReport
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) September 21, 2018
I was 7 the first time I was sexually assaulted. He was a relative of my mom’s second husband. I told my folks and they sent me away. #WhyIDidntReport
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 21, 2018
From Pakistan, Meesha Shafi shed some light on what happens when you finally do report:
You should not have said.
You should not say..
Why did you say…
What reason for saying…
How dare you say…
Why did you say it like this/that
Why haven’t you said it to me?
Why this forum?
But what about xyz issue?
But why didn’t you say anything sooner?
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) September 20, 2018
We hope these women’s brave act of coming forward will put to rest questions of why some people take long to tell their #MeToo stories — and why so many others never do.