Trump declared that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. No, this is not The Onion reporting, but the New York Post, CNN, USA Today and numerous other news outlets. It’s not #FakeNews.
In an email to reporters sent shortly after 5 PM Friday, the POTUS said,
“We remain steadfast in our efforts to stop crimes of sexual violence, provide care for victims, enforce the law, prosecute offenders, and raise awareness about the many forms of sexual assault. We must continue our work to eliminate sexual assault from our society and promote safe relationships, homes, and communities. Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability.”
Since 2001, the U.S. has observed April as sexual assault awareness month, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
And since April 2017, a national reckoning around sexual assault and harassment has occurred with the #MeToo movement. According to a USA Today survey, an incredible 94% of women in the entertainment industry say they experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault during their careers in Hollywood, where the movement first started.
A gentle reminder to his supporters (as well as the irony police) Trump remains accused of sexual misconduct (or worse) by more than 19 women. The Access Hollywood tape emerged just before the election and on it Trump boasted,
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything — grab them by the pussy.“
He called this just “locker room banter” before apologizing and just this last February, Trump lashed out at some of his accusers, claiming they took
“money to make up stories about me.“
What a great example for the kids.
(Photo, YouTube; via NY Post)