CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses rape and sexual assault.

Former NCIS star Pauley Perrette and Lili Reinhart are among loads of celebrities who have shared their harrowing sexual assault encounters via Twitter, revealing why they didn’t report it to the police using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport amid the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Perrette’s incident dates back to when she was a teenager and a drunk footballer allegedly raped her at a high school party.

“So I was 15. Raped by a drunk football player at a high school party,” she wrote.

“I was SURE my dad would shoot him if he knew and then my mom would be alone. I stayed in my room for days and cried to my cat. Didn’t tell dad until like 20 years later after my rapist died.”

She goes on to reveal that she was among other victims who shared their story for a book many years later.

She concludes, “BTW, My Dad confirmed decades later, that I was right, he would have shot my rapist that night, if he had known. In a weird way, I saved my parent’s life. But my writing and speaking about it later saved mine.”

Riverdale star Lili Reinhart also took to Twitter to reveal that she, too, had been raped but did not report it as she was afraid of losing her job.

“Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. ,” she tweeted.

It is unknown if she is referring to an acting job or another job from before she was famous.

Below are other celebrities who have shared their stories…

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