Twitter users explain #whyIdidntreport after Trump attacks Christine Blasey Ford’s credibility

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2018

The 45-year-old actress has slammed the USA president for a recent tweet in which he threw suspicion on the claims of sexual assault made by Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh.

Trump's outburst saw a new #MeToo era hashtag storm the internet, with #WhyIDidntReport the top trending conversation starter on US Twitter, as people - mostly women - vented outrage over past transgressions and voiced solidarity with Ford.

Marianne Kimmel wrote, "because he was my father. #MeToo", Milano tweeted on Friday in response to Trump.

But he finally took sides Friday, five days after Ford told the Washington Post how Kavanaugh had tried to pin her to the floor and have sex with her at a party while they were at school together.

"She was like, 'I can't deal with this, '" Russell Ford said. To see such raw emotion displayed on Twitter, sometimes, for the very first time in our lives. "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement released by the White House.

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. Most survivors of sexual assault do not report such incidents to authorities right away. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

"Although many aspects of the proposal you provided via email, on (Friday) are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details", read the lawyers' letter cited by The Washington Post.

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This article discusses sexual assault and sexual abuse. They said 'Oh, he's a nice old man, that's not what he meant'.

"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", he tweeted.

Men shared the hashtag too, supporting women victims and also offering their own stories.

Many survivors said the reasons they didn't come forward were because they feared social repercussions and thought that no one would believe them.

Ford says that a drunk, teenage Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, leaving her fearful that he "might inadvertently kill her", while Kavanaugh has said that the accusations are "completely false".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he "feels terribly" for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family. "I've been assaulted but this wasn't because I was an actress".

This has set many people off.

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