ICYMI, Twitter Is Filled With Heartbreaking #WhyIDidntReport Stories

As if the conversation surrounding consent and sexual assault couldn’t get any bigger, allegations surfaced this week stating Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting a woman at a party in the 1980s. Naturally, President Donald Trump calls the validity of this accusation to question via his favorite outlet, Twitter.

A serious question has plagued the #MeToo Movement for years: Why aren’t these assaults being reported when they occur?

Thanks to President Trump, Twitter is now exploding with messages that carry the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

The reasons someone wouldn’t report sexual assault are endless. Every single reason is valid. It’s not our place to judge or tear others down for speaking their truth anywhere, anytime.

We often forget that this issue doesn’t simply impact women. Men can be silent victims of sexual assault as well. They are taking advantage of #WhyIDidntReport to show us anyone can be a victim.

Also, there are many stories that include the same words, “I actually did report this, but…”

This is the world in which we live, and these are the crosses so many people bear. Unfortunately, we live in a world that blames the victim, the underdog, the helpless. When is this going to change?

Sexual assault happens every 98 seconds. Yet, only 6 out of every 1000 perpetrators will receive any jail time. We’ve got to step up and change this. Will you be a part of who makes a difference?

You can report sexual assault anytime by reaching out to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Also, if you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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