This week, California professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward and accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the '80s when they were in high school.
Ford's lawyers are still negotiating with the Senate Judiciary Committee on when, and in what manner, she will testify. Meanwhile, members of the committee are speaking out on the allegations, with some calling for an investigation and others wanting to proceed with the vote as planned.
But one voice has been uncharacteristically muted: President Trump. He restricted his comments this week to complementing Kavanaugh, describing him as “a fine man, with an impeccable reputation.”
But then on Friday morning, he turned the fire on Ford, unleashing a Twitterstorm casting doubt on the alleged incident 36 years ago.
“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.
That hit a nerve, to put it mildly.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted out her own story, and why she didn’t report it decades ago. “I was sexually assaulted twice. Once as a teenager. I never filed a police report, and it took me 30 years to tell my parents," she wrote.
Then thousands of women, and some men, started sharing their stories in hopes of enlightening the president under the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, which became a No. 1 trending topic on Twitter on Friday, with more than 275,000 tweets. Women recounted stories from when they were under 10, and often from people they knew well and trusted, and why it took them decades to come forward.
Some said it was the first time they'd ever spoken publicly about it.
Celebrities weighed in.
And women running for office.
Padma Lakshmi outlined each time she was sexually assaulted.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, or RAINN, out of 1,000 sexual assaults only 310 were reported. This means two out of three assaults go unreported.
Cover: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 20, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)