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LISTEN: While Christine Blasey Ford Spoke, Kansas Citians Shared #WhyIDidntReport


After Christine Blasey Ford said Judge Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, President Trump tweeted that had it really happened, her parents would have reported it. This has sparked a social media movement of people sharing their stories with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

Related: ‘Why They Didn’t Report: Kansas City Sexual Assault Survivors Share Their Stories

While Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee,  KCUR's Central Standard took calls from the Kansas City community about their own stories of sexual assaults and why they didn't report these cases, or, in many cases, even tell their family members.

KCUR's Gina Kaufmann was joined by Victoria Pickering, the director of advocacy at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and Susan Kraus, a therapist and author of the novel Insufficient Evidence

People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.
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