After Trump lashes out, sexual assault survivors share #WhyIDidntReport

President Trump

President Trump

"So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

Trump tweeted Friday that if the attack was "as bad as she says", Ford or her parents would have reported it to law enforcement. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

In addition to calling the allegations an attack by the "radical left" on his Supreme Court nominee (whom he referred to as a "fine man"), Trump also criticized Ford for not reporting the alleged attack, which occurred when she was just 15 years old. "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" The actor and activist Daryl Hannah said she did report her assault - and that it "didn't matter". When they do finally come forward, they are relentlessly, ruthlessly attacked, mocked, shamed, and shouted down by other powerful men while receiving threats against their personal security and safety.

In fact, only 34 percent of attempted rapes and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported to authorities between 1992 and 2000, according to the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

"I was dismissed, disparaged, & I still get blamed", she said. "I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents", tweeted actress Alyssa Milano.

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Ford told the Washington Post that she didn't tell anyone about her alleged assault at the time, anxious that she might get in trouble for being at a party with underage drinking. She said she later went through psychotherapy and came to understand it as a traumatic incident.

"I didn't think anyone would help me", she tweeted. In 2012, she told a therapist about the incident during couples therapy.

On Friday, Trump abandoned any restraint over Blasey Ford as he demanded that the Republican-controlled Senate get on with confirming Kavanaugh - and so tilt the highest USA judicial body further to the right before November's crucial mid-term elections. Specific details, such as those Trump requested - "date, time, and place!" - can be hard for victims to recall because of the way trauma affects their memory.

"The first time it happened, I was 7". This isn't some mindless tweet where the Cheeto is lying about his poll numbers; tweets like this do actual, irreparable harm to the victims of sexual assault. It's harder prove someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt without DNA evidence or surveillance footage.

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