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Lili Reinhart, Ashley Judd & More Join #WhyIDidntReport Movement in Light of Kavanaugh Accusations

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of rape and sexual assault.

Sexual assault survivors are taking to Twitter to share the various reasons why they didn’t immediately, or ever, report what happened to them with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. Celebrities like Lili Reinhart, Ashley Judd, Whitney Cummings, and more were among those who participated. 

The hashtag began trending on Friday after President Trump questioned why Christine Blasey Ford didn’t disclose that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh forced himself on her back when it happened, when the two were in high school. 

After Trump’s tweets, Alyssa Milano responded by sharing her story and inviting others to do the same. 

Ford told The Washington Post that she kept quiet about Kavanaugh’s alleged assault because she didn’t want her parents to find out that she was drinking at the age of 15. 

Her choice not to reveal what happened to her isn’t an usual one for survivors. According to estimates from the federal government, nearly two thirds of rape and sexual assault victims don’t report it. 

Keeli Sorensen, vice president of victim services at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), told ABC News that there are many reasons that people don’t report. 

“If I am someone who believes there is going to be retaliation, or the person who committed and perpetrated the events against me is well-respected, has a high profile within a community, a community I care about, I am going to see a lot of risk related to reporting, particularly because it will instigate an investigation, and that might be a risk I’m not willing to take,” Sorensen said. “So that might be a big part of it.”

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