Donald Trump finally showed his true colors Friday morning.
Instead of quietly lying that he couldn’t tell the FBI to investigate the
That’s when women responded en masse with #WhyIDidntReport.
Celebrities, politicians, women young and old, even one of Trump’s accusers shared their stories of being assaulted — and the fear that kept them silent.
Alyssa Milano got the ball rolling with her own admission before the hashtag got started:
Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the fuck 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.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 21, 2018
Then later added:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 21, 2018
I was 17. Raped by a friend. I was confused. In denial. Afraid. His parents were richer & better connected than my parents. He was a "good" student. Ppl liked him. The only friend I told–responded w: "He wld never do that." I didn't think anyone would help me. #WhyIDidntReport https://t.co/YbCuIMg07M
— Abigail Hauslohner (@ahauslohner) September 21, 2018
#WhyIDidntReport I told my roommate what happened, showed her my bruises after she asked me why I was acting so weird. She made me sit with her while she called him to ask if he really raped me. He denied it. She refused to "take a side"
— Penny Jierce (@JennyThePierce) September 21, 2018
I was 19. With a terrifying look in his eyes, he pinned me down, grabbed both my wrists with 1 hand & tried to unbutton my pants with another. I kicked him as hard as I could in the crotch and ran out. He didn’t actually rape me so I thought “nothing” happened. #WhyIDidntReport
— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) September 21, 2018
I usually don’t like to put my personal business out there, but this is a topic that we as a society cannot ignore.
As hard as it is- we need change. In order to encourage victims to speak up, we survivors must share our stories.
— Gia (@GiaReyes_) September 21, 2018
#WhyIDidntReport I worked in Trump Tower at a company partnered with the Trump Organization. We had no HR department, no protocol, & @realDonaldTrump owned the building. Also, I was embarrassed that it happened, & thought it reflected poorly on me, not him. I know better now.
— Rachel Crooks for Ohio (@RachelforOhio) September 21, 2018
Because I had never seen a survivor come forward and be treated with dignity, so why would I believe my case would be different? #WhyIDidntReport
— Miss Michigan (@MissAmericaMI) September 21, 2018
Also my parents do love me. They don’t know what happened. They did not report. They do love me.
— Fazzy Bear (@sarafifii) September 21, 2018
Abused for years by (now deceased) relative. Too young to understand what was happening. Too young to know it was even a crime. Only knew I hated it. Was told “It will hurt your mommy if you tell anyone”. And I loved my mother more than anything. #WhyIDidntReport
— Donna Lynne Champlin (@DLChamplin) September 21, 2018
Because I was 8 and someone came up behind me in a swimming pool and stuck their fingers inside of me. I never saw a face. I had no idea what to say. #WhyIDidntReport
— Shireen for Congress (@ShireenGhorbani) September 21, 2018
I was 15.
I was devastated.
I was angry.
I still wanted to try to be a “normal” teenage girl.
I wasn’t comfortable letting people see a vulnerable or sad side of myself.
I lived in a tiny community.
He was a sports star.
Anymore questions? #WhyIDidntReport
— ✨Leslie Simone ✨ (@LeslieSimone_) September 21, 2018
I was 27. He had been a mentor. He took me to a hotel room and masturbated on me. I felt complicit – I shouldn’t have gone. Like I was asking for it or should have known better. #WhyIDidntReport
— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) September 21, 2018
Because at 7 yo I believed he would make good on his threat of death spoken while holding a gun to my head. But if I were to ever see him rise to any level of celebrity or public service, the knives would be out. #WhyIDidntReport
— Rapunsal Grant 🌊 (@tcniland) September 21, 2018
I was a sophomore in HS
I had convinced my parents I could handle dating at 15.5 yrs.
They knew the boy & his mother
My father would have killed him
I'd have been a pariah at school
He'd be cheered. I'd be a slut
I'd be grounded forever
I WAS 15.5 YEARS OLD#WhyIDidntReport
— really_polly (@really_polly) September 21, 2018
I was so afraid of my family's reaction. I was afraid to be looked at differently. Tarnished, broken…it was too important to appear as strong as my female relatives. I allowed it to happen.. was my reasoning #WhyIDidntReport
— lissa (@kissaj) September 21, 2018
He was my dad.
How do you report your dad?
Later (a few months ago) I learned he's still hurting people I love. And ya know what?
I reported him.
I tried not to look the cops in the eye, because that made it easier, but I could tell even they were disgusted.
— Jennifer Michelle Greenberg (@JennMGreenberg) September 21, 2018
#WhyIDidntReport bc I thought it was fault. He’s a nice guy. It’s his bday. Bc I thought our mutual friends would hate me &blame me. When another women came forward & I knew it wasn’t a stand alone incident, I reported it. Nothing happened. His children’s book is back in stores.
— Milana Vayntrub (@MintMilana) September 21, 2018
I’m not ready to share #WhyIDidntReport. The trauma is still too unhealed. I don’t want to prematurely hurt my process.
But I’m standing with everyone who is bravely tweeting their stories-and those who, like me, are not yet ready.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) September 21, 2018
Some used the opportunity to talk about what happened when they did…
I did report. I went to the hospital and the SVU in Brooklyn and told them what happened to me.
They told me what I described was a rape. I was starting law school in 3 weeks so I decided not to press charges. Biggest mistake of my life. #WhyIDidntReport
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 21, 2018
I did, it didn’t matter, I was dismissed, disparaged, & I still get blamed #WhyIDidntReport
— Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) September 21, 2018
My second attack was done by 3 guys from my command who "hated chicks in the service". .. i was raped and left 4 dead. When I reported…they got promoted to special forces I got sent to " anger management" #WhyIDidntReport
— Cathe B (@CathesComicz) September 21, 2018
Now do you see??
[Image via Dutch Press Photo/Brian To/FayesVision/Adriana M. Barraza/KIKA/WENN.]