#WhyIDidntReport Replaces #MeToo as Hashtag Against Sexual Assault

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When #MeToo started trending, thousands of sexual misconduct survivors came forward with their experiences.

Now, as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being accused of an attempted rape in his high school days, advocates are explaining why they, like accuser Christine Blasey Ford, did not immediately share their stories.

The inspiration? A tweet from Donald Trump that claims Blasey Ford would have made a report right away if she were really assaulted.

Here are some of the most important reasons that many – men and women alike – believe Blasey Ford's accusation is credible and that waiting to come forward is understandable.

 

Still, there are many who are not ready to come forward, but that makes their stories of abuse no less valid.

And even other prominent women are blamed for the crimes committed against them.

Some are hopeful that this movement is another step in the right direction to end a culture of silence.

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