Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alyssa Milano savages Trump

Alyssa Milano savages Trump

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano had strong words for the president on Friday after he questioned the account of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers. Using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, survivors shared their stories.

Marianne Kimmel wrote, "because he was my father". "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". Collins make a rare move to chastise the president, she "appeared to offer support for Ford, who has said Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her 36 years ago when they were both in high school". Attorneys for Dr. Ford said she's too busy dealing with death threats to prepare for hearing on Monday. To see such raw emotion displayed on Twitter, sometimes, for the very first time in our lives.

The White House has said the allegations against Trump are "false". In a new essay for Vox, Milano unpacks the stigma of reporting sexual assault and how reactions like Trump's and Kavanaugh's are exactly why survivors are so scared to come forward.

A mock questioning of Brett Kavanaugh did not go so well, according to a report in the Washington Post. Those reasons range from the aforementioned problem that law enforcement may not have done a thing about Kavanaugh's behavior at the time of the assault, to the various stigmas that come with being a survivor of sexual assault, even today-that you must've been foolish with your personal safety, that you're weak to have been assaulted, or that you must've done something to deserve it.

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The new hashtag quickly became a trending conversation starter on Twitter in the United States, as people, mostly women, vented outrage over past sexual transgressions and to stand in solidarity with Dr Ford. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" They said "Oh, he's a nice old man, that's not what he meant".

Ford came forward with her claims anonymously at first in a letter that Senator Dianne Feinstein passed along to FBI investigators. "When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man". The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that shame, a fear of retribution, a fear of not being believed by police as well as the feeling that the assault was not significant enough to report are among the most common reasons for a victim's silence.

The US women's movement, simmering since worldwide anti-Trump marches the day after his inauguration, has already mobilized against Kavanaugh's conservative stances on abortion and birth control - and is firmly behind Ford. "The folks posting are only a drop in the bucket - so many people aren't (and may never be) ready to relive that trauma." garnered more than 3,800 likes by Friday evening.

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