SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – On Friday while defending his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump sent out a tweet about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
“If the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed.” That tweet sparked outrage on Twitter and the hashtag “why I didn’t report” was born.
It provided an outlet for others, who say they survived sexual assault, to tell their own stories.
One person who shared her story was Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
She posted on Twitter Monday with the #WhyIDidntReport.
My senior year of college. I had been drinking. He told me I said yes, but I knew it wasn’t true. I didn’t think anyone would believe me over him. #WhyIDidntReport— Jackie Biskupski (@jackiebiskupski) September 24, 2018
“It’s very important that women break their silence. That we really get a full understanding of how many people are victims of sexual assault, in this country and in this state. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, so women and men can get the help they need,” said Biskupski.
US House candidate Shireen Ghorbani (D-UT) also shared a previous experience after the president’s tweet.
“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,” she wrote on Twitter.
Thousands continue to add to the hashtag.