Alyssa Milano Claps Back At Trump And Tells Why She Never Reported Her Own Sexual Assault

In response to Trump’s defense of Brett Kavanaugh, Alyssa Milano and thousands of other women speak out about their own sexual assault stories and why they never reported them.

Actress Alyssa Milano wrote a powerful op-ed in Vox on Sunday about her own experience with sexual assault. Milano, like thousands of other women, was extremely offended when Donald Trump tweeted out last week that women who really experience sexual assault report the crime.

Milano writes,

“The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s misogyny. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career.”

Milano says that she wasn’t much older than Dr. Ford was when she alleges that Kavanaugh attacked her. She says that she “watched, horrified, as politicians and pundits refused to believe or take seriously these allegations.”

Milano says that it chilled her to her core when Trump said that if Ford’s accusations were true she would’ve reported it to the police decades ago.

“Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true. Victims of sexual assault often don’t report what happened because they know all too well that our stories are rarely taken seriously or believed — and that when it comes to sexual misconduct, our justice system is broken. Now we are seeing our worst nightmares realized when we see the disbelief, pushback, hate, and death threats Ford is receiving just because she had the courage to speak up.”

She continued,

“It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends. It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never filed a police report. I never told officials. I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option.

“For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. It meant recognizing my attacker’s existence when I wanted nothing more than to forget that he was allowed to walk on this earth at all. This is what every survivor goes through. Telling our stories means being vulnerable to public attacks and ridicule when our only “crime” was to be assaulted in the first place.”

And Milano’s story is not unique. In fact her story is tragically common.

Thousands of women with their own horrific stories took to Twitter over the weekend to tell their truths and explain to people like Trump why they never reported their attacks.

Over the weekend nearly a million women and men who’ve experienced sexual assault tweeted under the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

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