Sexual Assault Survivors Drag Trump To School For Asking If Kavanaugh’s Accuser Filed A Police Report

Rape and sexual assault survivors responded when Donald Trump attacked Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, casting doubt on her claims in a jaw-dropping tweet. Trump gave the perfect example of why so many rapes go unreported.

“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, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, tweeted. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

There are many reasons women don’t report sexual assault. A lot of that is societal, with victim-blaming and slut-shaming. Sometimes it’s fear and/or knowing that women aren’t believed. It’s the standard, unfortunately. Men are held to a different standard. I didn’t report my rape because the police would have wanted to know why I was in a bar earlier. How much did I drink? Because, you know, it’s the woman’s fault, and what was I wearing, by the way? In my case, it happened during the high-profile William Kennedy Smith trial and his accuser was vilified. She did report it and he was acquitted.

After Trump’s awful tweet, survivors clapped back.

Being sexually assaulted is a soul-crushing experience, and society tells women that they, not the attacker, should be ashamed. Then, we’re told to put our feelings away and forget about it. We never really forget, though. We just survive.


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