US President Donald Trump is accused of sexual assault by yet another woman. So far, he’s been accused by a long list of 21 women. They’ve claimed rape, sexual assault and harassment. At this point, he’s a known alleged predator. And still in power.
21 Women Have Accused Him So Far
Writer E. Jean Carroll recently claimed that Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room. But she is no means the first woman to do so. Refinery29 reports that at least 21 women have accused the US president of sexual assault, harassment, or misconduct.
The incidents range from the 1980s to 2016. You can read the full list of names and stories here. Trump has denied all the allegations and remains free and in power.
E. Jean Carroll’s Account
E. Jean Carroll is an author and former advice columnist. She explains what happened 23 years ago in the dressing room of a department store in New York. At the time, she was a magazine writer and TV-show host. Trump was a real estate developer. The ran into each while shopping. Here’s what she said went down:
“The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly, and puts his mouth against my lips,” she wrote in her upcoming book.
Carroll says that it started as a friendly encounter. Trump asked her for advice on buying a piece of lingerie, EWN reports. He then joked that she should try it on. She adds that Trump put his hand under her dress, and pulled down her tights. She continues:
“He opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”
This continued until she managed to push him away and run out of the dressing room. Donald Trump, she explains, is just one man on her list of “hideous men” that she’s encountered.
The Silence of Survivors VS Powerful Men
E. Jean Carroll is 75 years old. And she’s chosen to speak up on this now, two decades later. Some might wonder why. Allow us to clarify: Speaking out as a survivor of rape is not an easy thing to do. Everyone deals with their trauma in their own way and in their own time.
Why didn’t she report it? Carroll says she never went to the police because she was scared of the consequences. A valid fear, as she explains the reasons she did not come forward sooner: “receiving death threats, being driven from my home, being dismissed, being dragged through the mud.”
Revisiting a traumatic event like sexual assault can be painful, and speaking up about it can have real personal and social consequences for your future. Breaking your silence when you’ve been assaulted by someone with huge social or political power? Well, that makes it no easier.
No one owes you their story. So whether you speak out years after the incident (or not at all), it does not discount it. There’s no timeline to healing.
Donald Trump Bragged about Sexual Assault Before
Let’s not forget that Trump was caught on video openly bragging out sexual assault. His comments were all over the media in 2016. This is what he said:
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait… When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump Has Made Fun of Survivors Before
In the past, the US president publicly mocked another sexual assault survivor, Dr Christine Blasey Ford. The video was widely circulated. He used numerous manipulative tactics to discredit her, including:
- Victim-blaming (saying it’s the victim’s fault)
- Gaslighting (making the victim doubt their memory or reality)
- Caricaturing (imitating the victim, making light of their trauma)
- Patronising (treating the victim like a child)
- Guilt-tripping (blaming the victim for ruining the abuser’s life)
You can watch the video below:
Let’s stand behind survivors, hear them, support them and believe them. And, as always, f*ck Donald Trump.