On Wednesday, September 26, Women’s March San Luis Obispo invites the public to meet in front of the SLO Courthouse between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to take part in the #WhyIDidntReport solidarity event. This event will be one of many nationwide calls to action in response to a tweet by the President of the United States questioning why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford didn’t file a police report regarding her sexual assault claims against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“It is clear from the hundreds of thousands of responses from the survivors of sexual assault that there are a myriad of reasons for not reporting an assault – they are afraid of being ridiculed, not believed, blamed for the assault or retaliated against. Some were assaulted as children, some were raped by their family members or mentors, some believed that it was somehow their fault, and some actually did report and did not receive any justice,” said the organizers. “We want to send out a strong message that we believe survivors and we one hundred percent support them.”
According to Justice Department statistics, seven out of 10 people who experience sexual assault never report it. Scott Berkowitz, president of the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN, said that 54 percent of those under 18 who call the National Sexual Assault Hotline say they have not told a single other person.
The Women’s March San Luis Obispo organizers are asking people to bring signs that will show their support for the survivors of sexual assault. For more information, visit their Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/