Alyssa Milano: I was sexually assaulted as a teen. Here’s why I didn’t report.


It took me 30 years to tell anyone. And I’m far from alone.

The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s hate. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career.

When I was sexually assaulted, I wasn’t that much older than Christine Blasey Ford — now a PhD in psychology — was when she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh denies the incident occurred). I’ve watched, horrified as politicians and pundits refused to believe or take seriously these allegations.

Then, on Friday morning, President Trump tweeted that if Ford’s words were true, she would have filed a report with local law enforcement years ago. This statement chilled me to my core.

Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true. Victims of sexual assault often don’t report what happened because they know all too well that our stories are rarely taken seriously or believed — and that when it comes to sexual misconduct, our justice system is broken. Now, we are seeing our worst nightmares realized when . . . 

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-09-24 17:24:11 -0500
    As a clinical psychologist of over 40 years, it is so very common to suppress and repress such horrific experiences and bury them in what I refer to as a psychosocial black hole. Within a psychotherapeutic relationship, we clinicians will go back there with you again and again until survivors can achieve some degree of relief.
    Rich, MSW

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