Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) — Survivors angered by President Donald Trump’s remarks about Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser are speaking out about why they didn’t report their sexual assaults.

Advocates say some 7 to 10 people do not report rape or other assaults to authorities. The reasons include shame, guilt and fear of losing a job or their privacy.

The president tweeted that Christine Blasey Ford would surely have reported the assault to police “immediately” if the attack was “as bad as she says.”

On Twitter, the hashtag “WhyIDidn’tReport” was trending, with survivors coming forward with their own reasons.

Scott Berkowitz is president of the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN. He says other reasons for not reporting assaults include fear of retaliation, fear of the perpetrator attacking again and social pressure from peer groups.

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