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An image of a tweet from @gabbiebrown13: "#whyididntreport bc it’s easier to pretend it didn’t happen than to have everyone look at me differently, bc he was my friend, bc he was a well known face, bc I don’t remember enough details to be able to tell anyone exactly what happened even tho we both knew it did. no means no."
The stigma around sexual assault can often make survivors choose silence.

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#WhyIDidntReport: Tweets From Sexual Abuse Survivors Show Why It’s Hard to Disclose Sexual Assault

"No one took me seriously. Ever."

“Why now?” It’s a question sexual assault survivors are asked when they decide to speak up. The fear and doubt around whether they will be believed often results in them remaining silent. For Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, we look at the many reasons ranging from emotional and physical repercussions to their experiences being invalidated and why survivors of sexual abuse chose not to report the crimes.

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#WhyIDidntReport: Tweets From Sexual Abuse Survivors Show Why It’s Hard to Disclose Sexual Assault