People on Twitter are sharing powerful stories of assault with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport
US President Donald Trump has made a habit out of picking fights with various members of the American community.
If you're an immigrant, if you're a person of colour or if you make the mistake of saying anything less than positive about the POTUS, you'll be sure to hear about it in 140 characters the next day, or in a rally where once again, the President will attempt to distract from his dwindling approval numbers by whipping up his rabid, yet easily-distracted, support base.
He was at it again earlier this week, as he focused his attention on getting Brett Kavanaugh, who's been accused of sexual assault, into the Supreme Court. The allegations brought up by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to the Washington Post detailed how Kavanaugh held her down, groped her and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
First discussing the event with her therapist back in 2012, you can understand why people are somewhat apprehensive about appointing a man with those kind of allegations over his head to the Supreme Court, but trust Donald Trump - a man who literally bragged about sexually assaulting women on his way to the presidency - to give a balanced and fair view on the issue.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents," Trump tweeted, because as everybody knows following an incident of sexual assault, the first thing you do is report it.
What emotional trauma? What fear that you'll end up being shamed and victim-blamed by men just like Donald Trump? Donald Trump and women have clashed on many an occasion, and this time, it was the turn of actress Alyssa Milano to respond to another questionable soundbite from the president, this time involving sexual assault.
Being sure to grab the president's attention here, Milano revealed that she was sexually assaulted twice, and not only did she never go to the police with it, it took 30 years for her to just tell her parents. Now, I wonder how many more cases there are like this? Twitter knows a few.
These brave people - and many more - took the time on Twitter to reveal the trauma of their sexual assaults, proving that there are way too many people out there who've suffered at the hards of others, who are either scared, confused or sometimes even shamed from talking about their experiences.
Now, I doubt that Donald Trump is going to post a follow-up tweet expressing his regret for tweeting out yet another one of his ill-informed opinions, but for those people who watch the President lay the foundations for victim-blaming and enabling the abhorrent actions of those in power, it's important that they see things from the side of the victim.