Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart Shares Her Sexual Assault Story Amid #WhyIDidntReport Movement
November 8, 2020
Lili Reinhart has added her story to the #WhyIDidntReport conversation after the hashtag started trending on Twitter amid the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Why I Didn’t Report” is the latest addition to the #MeToo Movement after President Donald Trump victim-shamed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after she accused Brett of sexually assaulting her 40 years ago. He questioned why she didn’t file a police report back when the incident occured, which promoted many people – including the Riverdale star – to reveal exactly why they didn’t either…
For context, Christine told the Washington Post that, when she and Brett were in high school, he sexually assaulted her at a party by holding her down on a bed and groping her. She didn’t tell anyone what happened until 2012 when she opened up about it to a therapist. Fast-forward to September 16, when she publicly accused Brett of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.
Trump then tweeted that if the attack was really “as bad as she says,” then she would have reported it earlier on. In response, women across Twitter shared their own stories of assault to explain why it can be nearly impossible for victims of sexual assault or harassment to come forward.
Lili was one of them. She opened up about her own experience with sexual assault, tweeting that she didn’t report because she was concerned that if she came forward, she might lose her job.
Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. #WhyIDidntReport
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) September 21, 2018
It’s unclear if Lili’s referring to an acting job or another job from before she was famous, but this isn’t the first time she’s shared her story with the world. In October 2017, she published a Tumblr post, titled “In light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations,” in which she detailed her experience with sexual assault.
The actress wrote about going on a date with a “pretty significantly older” male colleague, who tried to force himself on her. “I was a teenager working on a project… when I started to have a crush on a guy I was working with,” she said. “I’m not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don’t feel it’s necessary. All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date. I had to stop him and say ‘No, I don’t want that,’ and ‘I can’t do that.’”
“I was miserable. And I felt that I needed to keep my mouth shut about the entire situation because 1. I figured no one would believe me and 2. he played a much bigger role in this project than me… he had more power,” she added. “If I said something, maybe the production would be halted… I would be looked at as dramatic and a diva, no one would want to work with me again.”
Her Tumblr post sounds very similar to her #WhyIDidntReport story and we applaud Lili’s bravery for speaking up yet again in a time when her voice is needed. In fact, we applaud everyone who has bravely shared their stories because it’s survivors like them that will lead to significant change.
Perhaps the president will listen before he tweets next time… (We know, DOUBTFUL.)