The ongoing allegations on the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the trauma that Professor Christine Blasey Ford is going through, has created a lot of buzz across the world. While the Republicans, including the US President Donald Trump, are standing in support of Kavanaugh, several prominent female figures have recently spoken out for Ford. The Fuller House actress Jodie Sweetin is one of the supported of Ford who shared about her sexual assault encounter.
Taking into consideration the emotional testimony of Ford at the Supreme Court hearing, Sweetin supported and spoke out about her own experience on Instagram, on Thursday.
The 36-year-old actress posted a picture, wearing a camouflage jacket with the words “What doesn’t kill you, f*cks you up mentally” written on its back, and wrote a long caption explaining her followers why she supports and identifies with Ford.
Wearing a camouflage jacket with the words “What doesn’t kill you f—s you up mentally” written on the back, the actress explained to her followers why she supports and identifies with Ford.
“I stand with her. I AM her,” Sweetin wrote. “I was the girl who never reported because I blamed myself. I was the woman who never reported because I didn’t want to go through the pain and ridicule.”
“What we saw today is about a much bigger issue of survivors of sexual assault being persecuted, judged and re-traumatized when they do come forward. We are told that if it were “real,” we would have reported it at the time. Often when we were merely children or young girls,” she continued.
She also highlighted the examples of how young girls who encountered assaults had to endure difficult situations in schools and colleges. In light of these examples she concluded, “It was easier to stay quiet.”
Jodie Sweetin is a mother of two daughters Zoie Laurel May (10) and Beatrix Carlin (8). She further wrote, “As we grew older and it happened again, we had been trained to remain silent. We had learned the lesson that no one will believe us. That even if someone DOES, it holds no consequence.”
“We had watched other women come forward, only to be told “there were no witnesses, so it’s your word against his, knowing that “his” story is always more believed than “hers”,” she wrote.
Jodie Sweetin also mentioned that it wasn’t a political stance. Instead, she was speaking against the “panel of people brushing aside someone’s trauma.”
She concluded saying that she would take action moving forward. Besides, she also encouraged people to not be apathetic towards the courageous survivors like Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward and shared their stories.
Sweetin finished her post writing, “I will not sit still. I will not stay quiet. Although I may never be as brave or as unflinching in the face of such an inquisition as she was today, it has given me hope. That maybe, just maybe, female survivors of sexual assault may be heard. Even if our voice is barely above a whisper.”
Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the 1980s, when they were teenagers. However, Kavanaugh had been repeatedly denying the allegations.
Apart from Jodie Sweetin, Busy Phillips also shared an emotional message on Instagram, along with a school photo of herself. She wrote, “This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”
Besides, the Broadway star Patti Murin also revealed that she was date-raped at the age of 24, via Twitter. She wrote, “Okay, here it is. When I was 24, I was date raped on two separate occasions by two different males.”
Giving explanation to why she didn’t report the incident that occurred more than 10 years ago, she wrote, “Because I was casually dating each of them and I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I didn’t even believe myself until years later.”
Moreover, after the US President questioned why Ford waited nearly four decades to report, #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter.
Influential figures including Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, and Lili Reinhart came forward in support of Ford and slammed Trump’s sentiment on social media using the hashtag.
The courage of Christine Blasey Ford has given strength to several other women across the world, who not just supported Ford’s story, but also shared their experience of assaults and trauma, using #MeToo on Twitter.