Women Share Reasons Why They Didn't Report Sexual Assault

Women are sharing their reasons for not reporting their sexual assault experiences.

Survivors are tweeting #WhyIDidntReport in response to Trump and others questioning Christine Blasey Ford’s timing in accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Ashley Judd tweeted, “#WhyIDidntReport The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said “Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.” So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man.”'

Cheryl Strayed tweeted, “#WhyIDidntReport Because I was sexually abused at such a young age I didn’t even know it was a crime. I didn’t have the language to say what was happening to me. Later, as a teen, the sexual harassment and coercion of girls & women was seen the norm, not something to report.”

Nearly 2/3 of sexual assault survivors don’t report to police and 20% of survivors who don’t report say they fear retaliation. Some say they were scared or ashamed of what happened to them. Others say they feared that wouldn’t be believed.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline said it received 42% more calls since #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter.