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How Are We Going to Change #ididnotreport to #isentmyrapist2jail?

Because I’d been drinking. Because I thought it was my fault.¬†Because I thought no one would believe me.

Thousands of sexual assault survivors have joined in tweeting their stories with the hashtag #ididnotreport over the past week. Many gave their reasons for not reporting — reasons echoing those above again and again, and more. Because I was a kid and I didn’t know how. Because the one time I did report it, it didn’t make a difference. Because I was afraid.

“#ididnotreport because I was made to feel like it wasn’t a big deal,” one survivor tweeted. “It was.”

The campaign started in the U.K., inspired by another¬†supportive Twitter campaign: #WeBelieveYou. It has resonated far beyond that starting place, inspiring primarily women — but also a number of male and transgender survivors — to speak out about the attack they never reported, either tweeting from their own accounts or anonymously at @Ididnotreport1.

While many people have sent supportive tweets, vital to creating a safe and caring online space, the courage of these survivors deserves more than a kind word. 60% of sexual assault are never reported. So what are the rest of us going to do to make #ididnotreport obsolete? What are we going to do to change it to #isentmyrapist2jail?

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