Rape survivors share why they kept their abuse secret in heartbreaking #WhyIDidntReport tweets.

Rape survivors share why they kept their abuse secret in heartbreaking #WhyIDidntReport tweets
On Friday, Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Ford, a professor in California, claims that the Supreme Court nominee held her down at a party when she was at high school and tried to assault her.

The incident is said to have taken place more than 30 years ago but she had opted to keep it silent until revealing it during a couples therapy session with her husband in 2012. Kavanaugh has denied these allegations but Trump, who selected the judge as his nominee, decided to weigh into the subject by asking why it wasn't reported when it happened. Trump's completely ignorant and unsympathetic tweet has caused a viral trend to emerge on Twitter where women and men are using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport to explain why they resisted reporting their assaults to the police. Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Thomas Roberts, who works with CBS46, shared his own rape story, tweeting:
I waited over 20 years to report my sexual abuser. Because I was 14. Because it was my hero. Because it was my priest. Because I thought I'd be expelled. Because I feared no one would believe me. Because I thought suicide was easier than telling 1 person #WhyIDidntReport.
Ali, a political advocate, also lent his voice to the hashtag, writing:
I waited over 10 years to report my abuser. I was 11 or 12. He was a family friend. A father of 4. He dominated me and it had me scared. I was embarrassed by how I could remember his smell and sweat. His whole family was home. Who would believe me? #WhyIDidntReport.
The revelations made are just so many and too much to include all here. Below are a few. To see the rest, search Twitter for #WhyIDidntReport.