Why I Didn’t Report My Sexual Assault; What Happened Once I Did

Ethics Daily

September 26, 2018

By Christa Brown

With the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh thrown into question by sexual assault allegations, President Trump tweeted that “if it was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed.”

Distressed by the president’s apparent ignorance of the dynamics of sexual assault, thousands of women and men have responded under the hashtag of #WhyIDidntReport, telling their stories in an attempt to answer the question that is so often thrown at sexual assault survivors: “Why didn’t you say something sooner?”

I join with them.

Why didn’t I report?

Because the Southern Baptist minister/rapist had told me that everything he did was God’s will and that I was to be a “helpmeet” to him in his holy work.

Because the Southern Baptist minister/rapist had later told me that I harbored Satan.

Because I was an impossibly confused 16-year-old girl.

Because when I told the church’s music minister, he instructed me not to talk about it to anyone else.

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