#WhyIDidntReport: Victims respond to Trump’s tweet on Kavanaugh accuser

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"I was living in a time when someone who identified as a gay teenager would NOT be taken seriously by the police. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents", she wrote.

In order to convey this message to Trump, survivors of sexual assault - both men and women - began sharing their own reasons for their silence, posting accounts with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport on Twitter.

Milano, 45, was one of first supporters of the #MeToo movement, becoming an unofficial spokeswoman for it worldwide.

After days of relative restraint, Trump - himself the subject of groping and other sexual harassment allegations by multiple women - launched an all-out attack on Ford's credibility.

"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", Trump tweeted on Friday.

Ford claimed she was assaulted by Kavanaugh at the age of 15.

A mock questioning of Brett Kavanaugh did not go so well, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Kavanaugh has firmly denied the allegations made against him.

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Judd was one of the women to first publicly accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct previous year - helping spark the #MeToo movement and bringing to light stories of sexual assault in the film industry, media and beyond. Milano herself is a vocal social activist and working on mobilizing voters in the midterm election.

In a series of tweets, Trump called Ford's allegation into question.

Ford told the Post she went public with her claims because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in the media. "I've been assaulted but this wasn't because I was an actress". I didn't tell anyone until I was 17.

Keeli Sorensen is the vice president of victim services at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

"He was the nephew of my father's girlfriend at the time & was older & stronger than me", he wrote.

For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature.

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.

And never mind that the accuser is trying to dictate and control when she may (or may not) share more details about her accusations with the committee (she wants a Thursday hearing, among other demands).

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