A big reason why many people don’t bother reporting sexual assault is, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), because on average six out of 310 rapists are incarcerated for their crimes.
As Ford’s lawyers negotiated to give the professor more time to decide on a possible testimony, Trump published a series of tweets.
“When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn’t that much older than Christine Blasey Ford – now a PhD in psychology – was when she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh denies the incident occurred)”.
Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her as he attempted to remove her clothes to rape her when the two attended a party in high school, when she was 15 and he was 17. “Afraid. His parents were richer & better connected than my parents”, Abigail Hauslohner, a reporter for the Washington Post wrote on Twitter.
“Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true”, she wrote.
Ford, who later elaborated on her claims to the Washington Post, didn’t tell anyone about the incident until 2012, when she spoke about it to a therapist while she and her husband were in couple’s counselling. The women in his administration who serve as Trump’s aides and senators rubbished her claims as well, leading to this viral Twitter storm as thousands of women now came forward to address why women are reluctant to talk about their trauma.
In recent time a movement #metoo started all over the world to raise voice against sexual harassment.
Blasey has agreed to testify about her experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi also joined the movement, tweeting that she was “7 the first time I was sexually assaulted”.
It was, as Rachel Sklar said on CNN, his way of “grope-splaining”. Ppl liked him. The only friend I told-responded w: ‘He wld never do that.’ I didn’t think anyone would help me. It took 4 years to break the silence. Sometimes the accounts are reported but ultimately get delegitimized or result in subsequent – and relentless – shame. Beth Moore, author, and evangelist, never being one to hold back, joined the masses in tweeting her #WhyIDidntReport moment. Ford has been criticized for the things she doesn’t remember, like the address where she says the assault happened, or the time of year, or whose house it was. They said ‘Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant’.
Leong, a university student, tweeted Saturday about an abusive relationship and said it took months to realise that what she had experienced was sexual abuse, and months after that to tell her friends. “Our culture treats people perceived as weak enough to be attacked as worse than their attackers”, another woman tweeted. “Here’s why I didn’t report”.
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