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How Alyssa Milano used a ‘human microphone’ to share her most painful memory

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How Alyssa Milano used a ‘human microphone’ to share her most painful memory

Warning: this article contains graphic details which some may find triggering.

Alyssa Milano, like so many others, has been a vocal opponent of Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault by three women – including Dr Christine Blasey Ford.

However, when President Donald Trump insinuated that Ford’s allegations against his Supreme Court nominee were false, Milano felt compelled to share a painful moment from her own past.

Trump tweeted: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.

“I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Milano responded: “Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f**k up. I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell me parents.”

Milano did not go into details at that time. However, on Wednesday (3 Oct) she travelled to Senator Susan Collins’ office in order to speak with her about Kavanaugh and Trump.

When she could not locate the political leader, the Charmed actress joined forces with a group of women and recounted her sexual assault. These women stood alongside her in solidarity and formed a “human microphone”, echoing and amplifying Milano’s words.

Why? To ensure that her story could, and would, be heard.

“I told one of my #MeToo stories in @SenatorCollins office. I was with her constituent,” Milano tweeted, alongside a video of the powerful moment.

“We asked to speak with Senator Collins. She hid. Here’s my story through a ‘human microphone’. I’ll never know if she heard me.”

In the video, Milano can be heard saying: “My name is Alyssa. When I was 19-years-old, I was at a concert of a very famous pop star who told the crowd to get closer to her.

“This resulted in a stampede. People were smashed against each other. I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was gonna die.”

From there, an emotional Milano goes on to detail the sexual assault that took place during the concert.

“From behind me, I felt a hand up my skirt and I was punched repeatedly in the vagina,” she said. “I couldn’t turn around. I looked to the stage, and I looked to the security guards, and I said, ‘Please help me’ and they couldn’t help me.”

“They shook their heads. I managed to break free and I climbed up the stage to get away from my predator,” she continued.

Milano went on to explain she didn’t tell anyone about the assault because she didn’t know who her attacker was or who to turn to.

“I turned around and I didn’t know which one it was,” she said. “And I looked to the sea of people and I couldn’t find him. And I couldn’t report because I didn’t know who it was to report. And I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t know who it was to tell on.”

Wiping a tear from her eye, Milano finished by stating: “I kept the secret, just like Dr. Ford kept her secret for decades.”

Kavanaugh continues to deny the sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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