Cara Delevingne adds voice to #WhyIDidntReport joining Padma Lakshmi.
American President Donald Trump’s tweet questioning why did not Christine Blasey Ford immediately report that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh back in the 80s has raised many eyebrows. The aftermath of this tweet is the hashtag “#WhyIDidntReport”. The hashtag has become a worldwide movement where women are explaining the American president the reasons of not reporting sexual crimes done to them.
Recently, model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi shocked the world by confessing that she was sexually molested when she was merely 7 years old and that she was raped by her then boyfriend when she was 16 years old. While Padma Lakshmi states that she has no hidden agenda for talking about sexual crimes done to her however, she hopes that women will forward and address the issue before it’s too late.
To people saying “Why didn’t he/she report it?” When something so evil happens to you it takes a long time to process it. In our victim-blaming culture it takes incredible courage to come forward. The victim is treated like the perpetrator.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 22, 2018
Taking her advice many Hollywood celebrities have come forward with their versions of why didn’t they report the sexual crimes done to them.
‘Riverdale’ actress Lili Reinhart turned to Twitter to explain that she did not wanted to lose her job so, that is why she kept quiet.
Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. #WhyIDidntReport
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) September 21, 2018
Tony Award winner Karen Olivo stated that she did not report the crime because she was poor 15-year-old girl and her assailant was a 23-year-old young man whose father was a lawyer.
I salute these women who have up-ended their lives in the effort to save the rest of us.
He was 23 and rich. I was 15 and poor. He was white. I was brown. His father was a well-known lawyer. My father was an artist. #WhyIDidntReport
— Karen Olivo (@Karenolivo) September 27, 2018
World renowned supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne wrote she kept mum because she ‘felt ashamed’ and ‘did not wanted to ruin somebody else’s life’.
Because I felt ashamed of what happened and didn’t want to publicly ruin someone’s life, even though they privately ruined mine #WhyIDidntReport
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) September 27, 2018
American series ‘Insatiable’ actress Alyssa Milano replied to Donald Trump’s tweet by stating that she was sexually assaulted twice!
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
In an article written for Vox, Alyssa further stated that speaking up and finding justice for crime done to her was not an option. She further said that it took her 30 years to confess what had happened with her to her parents.
‘Morden Family’ actress Sarah Hyland too jumped on the bandwagon and stated that she did not say anything because she was in shock.
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) September 27, 2018
‘Broadway’ actress Patti Murin too opened up about how she was date raped twice and did not say anything as she was afraid that no one would believe her.
Okay, here it is. When I was 24, I was date raped on two separate occasions by two different males. Why didn’t I say anything or report it? Because I was casually dating each of them and I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I didn’t even believe myself until years later.
— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) September 27, 2018
Hollywood celebrities like Halle Berry, Lena Waithe, Lena Dunham, Supergirl series actress Melissa Benoist among several others have expressed their support to Christine Blasey Ford.
Christine Blasey Ford wrote in a testimony heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today how she was sexually assaulted. Christine and Brett took turns to speak in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and yet Christine was asked if she is sure if her attacker was Brett Kavanaugh.
No matter what the verdict is, surely this hearing will be remembered as a prime example of patriarchy at its peak in the courtroom.