Kavanaugh Hearing: Stars Share Stories Of Sexual Assault In Support Of Christine Ford
CONTENT WARNING: This article details sexual assault and child abuse.
Following the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward and accused him of sexual assault. She was the first of several women to make an accusation against Kavanaugh, yet many criticised her for not reporting his alleged assault sooner.
Many of Kavanaugh's supporters rallied behind him, including President Donald Trump who tweeted the following:
After he and many others attacked Ford for not reporting the incident sooner, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport was born, with many sexual assault survivors sharing their stories and reasons for not reporting.
Alyssa Milano was quick to hit back at Trump writing, "I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me [sic] parents."
Milano was joined by Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who also posted on Twitter that she had been sexually assaulted three times, the first incident when she was seven-years-old.
The star of The CW's series Riverdale, Lili Reinhart also added her voice to the #WhyIDidntReport campaign.
Modern Family's Sarah Hyland also weighed in.
Similarly, Dawson's Creek star Busy Philipps said she was inspired by Ford's bravery to come forward and speak about her own experience, writing that she was raped when she was 14-years-old.
"It's taken me 25 years to say those words... I finally told my parents and sister about it four months ago," she captioned an image of her when she was 14.
On Twitter, Philipps wrote that the trial and media scrutiny of Ford had been triggering for her and other survivors of sexual assault.
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