In the tweet, Trump surmised that if Ford's claims were true, charges would have been filed with local authorities at the time. 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. If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this, please do so in the replies.
This summer, when it looked like Kavanaugh was on the short-list for the SCOTUS nomination, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, who sent a letter to California Congresswoman Dianne Feinstein that describe her experience.
"Because I was 18" and "I was scared" and "I didn't want to be defined by someone else's violent criminal act", Gretchen Whitmer, who is running for governor of the U.S. state of MI, tweeted using the hashtag. Alyssa Milano, who first brought focus to the #MeToo hashtag, kicked things off again by tweeting how she stayed silent about a sexual assault in her teens for decades.
On Friday (local time), Mr Trump also abandoned any restraint over Dr Ford as he demanded that the Republican-controlled Senate get on with confirming Kavanaugh - and so tilt the highest USA judicial body further to the right before November's crucial midterm elections.
Promptly, and bravely, responding to the president's unwarranted and unsubstantiated comment, Milano chose to set the president straight in a searing and honest tweet, in which she revealed she has also been a victim of sexual assault.More news: Bill Belichick actually discusses Josh Gordon on Friday
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Ford's lawyers allege she has received death threats since her identity became public, and one crowdfunding effort to cover her security costs raised more than $200,000 in three days.
And never mind that the accuser is trying to dictate and control when she may (or may not) share more details about her accusations with the committee (she wants a Thursday hearing, among other demands). Because I just wanted to make it go away.
"He didn't actually rape me so I thought "nothing" happened".
Even one of Trump's own Republican senators, Susan Collins - who sits on the Judiciary Committee - said she was "appalled by the president's tweet". "Also, guys can't be sexually assaulted #WhyIDidntReport", tweeted Andy McNeese.