Last week, the world heard presidential nominee Donald Trump on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women. Soon after, several women came forward to share their stories of allegedly being assaulted by Trump, and they were immediately called liars by the man himself, smeared by his campaign, and subjected to hate and harassment from the general public. Fox News contributor Lou Dobbs even gave out one of the victim’s address and phone number to his massive audience. WTF, dude?
One of the biggest questions people have for Trump’s accusers is, why did they wait so long to come forward? Given the public humiliation, accusations of dishonesty, and thorough doxxing these women have faced so far, it should be obvious why they kept their mouths shut for so long. But, for the people who need a refresher as to why sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, Vox senior correspondent Elizabeth Plank started #WhyWomenDontReport.
Less than 24 hours later, the hashtag has thousands of responses from people all over the world. Some victims said they didn’t report because they feared they’d be called liars, like Donald Trump’s accusers. Others didn’t want to relive the trauma or felt too afraid. Depressingly, many people also said they felt like they’d never get justice, so why even bother?
There are a million different reasons why a victim of harassment or sexual assault might not feel comfortable reporting what happened to them. Here, 25 tweets lay out why victims stay quiet and school victim-blamers once and for all.