I never filed a police report. Too bad, because anyone who doesn't categorically reject Kavanaugh's nomination on the basis that he has been accused of sexual assault is "telling every generation of Americans that an alleged abuser's career is more valuable than a survivor's humanity".
Milano has been one of the most outspoken Hollywood stars since the #MeToo movement began last fall.
"The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump's hate", Milano opens her essay. Trump tweeted that if Ford's story was true, she would have reported the attack to her parents or the authorities when it occurred.
And even after processing what happened, survivors said, it is hard to tell friends and family members.
In a statement to The Post Kavanaugh denied the allegation and gave no further comment: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".
Chondoma used the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag in a tweet Friday.
"It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends".
"I was 17. Raped by a friend".
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that shame, a fear of retribution, a fear of not being believed by police as well as the feeling that the assault was not significant enough to report are among the most common reasons for a victim's silence. Democrats also said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate, and more witnesses to come forward, hoping to avoid a "he said, she said" moment. "I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option". And Amy Selwyn, 59, said she had kept silent, in part, because she was anxious about her career.
In addition to Milano's response, women are replying or retweeting Trump and sharing their own experiences, some using the trending hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.
Milano went on to encourage readers to check out the thousands of stories shared by others on Twitter.
One woman tweeted, "The man who assaulted me was my teacher and an important part of my church".
"Because I didn't want people to think I made it up for attention".
What I'm really reacting to are the fervent declarations from people who cite their daughters, wives, sisters, girlfriends or mothers as the reasons they are troubled. Then I blocked it out to protect myself.
"A well meaning mentor told me at 25 that people couldn't handle hearing about sexual abuse and it would sink my ministry".
Fellow #MeToo advocate Ashley Judd chimed in as well.
"#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7".
TRUMP, during a United Nations meeting, defends KAVANAUGH: "Charges come up from 36 years old that are totally unsubstantiated?... and now a new charge comes up, and she says, it might not be him & she was totally inebriated... this is a con game being played by the Democrats".