The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter on Friday, in response to Donald Trump.
Lili Reinhart, Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano and more are opening up about their experiences with sexual harassment after Donald Trump questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's own accuser.
After Trump wondered why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford didn't report her alleged assault when it happened, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport quickly sprung up on social media and dominated the top trends, as Twitter users shared their own personal stories.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents," Trump tweeted Friday. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
In response, Milano tweeted, "Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f--k up. 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 parents. If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this please do so in the replies. #MeToo."
"#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon," Judd tweeted. "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."
Reinhart wrote that she didn't report because she "didn't want to lose [her] job or make people think [she] was a drama queen."
"#WhyIDidntReport because the first time I did for a serious sexual assault as a teenager nothing came of it, and later I felt that I wasn't important enough to make a big deal over," Sorvino tweeted. "I was wrong."
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi shared that she had been sexually assaulted three times, starting from the age of seven.
"If you want to see who the leaders are of #MeToo look no further than the thousands of people sharing their #WhyIDidntReport stories," Arquette said. "This movement will not be derailed by anyone. It is decentralized [sic] collective power which is why it has limitless strength."
Read more #WhyIDidntReport stories in the tweets below.
#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.
The third time I was assaulted I was 23. I thought that no one would believe me, because no one wanted to stand up to him. I had seen the way Anita Hill was treated when she came forward. #WhyIDidntReport
If you want to see who the leaders are of #MeToo look no further than the thousands of people sharing their #WhyIDidntReport stories. This movement will not be derailed by anyone. It is decentralized collective power which is why it has limitless strength.
So #WhyIDidntReport I was 15. Raped by a drunk football player at a high school party. I was SURE my dad would shoot him if he knew and then my mom would be alone. I stayed in my room for days and cried to my cat. Didn't tell dad until like 20 years later after my rapist died.
#WhyIDidntReport bc I was scared I would lose all my friends, bc I was scared I would die, bc I didn't know how, bc I didn't really know I could, bc no one ever taught me what sexual assault was so when it happened to me I didn't even know. and bc I knew nothing would happen.
I waited over 20 years to report my sexual abuser. Because I was 14. Because it was my hero. Because it was my priest. Because I thought I'd be expelled. Because I feared no one would believe me. Because I thought suicide was easier than telling 1 person#WhyIDidntReport