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Sexual Abusers and Abusive Sexuality (6)

November 18, 2017

[Update 11-22-17  In this article, Meg Kelly presents 13 of the allegations, with the addition of examples of corroborations, and Trompf responses.  Thereby she presents the dynamics of harassment and harassment cases.  Her writing is an example of responsible reportage.  (She also prefaces her presentation with a wondrous example of a “Freudian slip” that reveals a brain with a habit of not reflecting upon its own activity.  And, it cannot tolerate the thought that its person is guilty of doing something that the general populace finds immoral, foolish, and embarrassing.)

11-23  In this context, a Moore victory would serve two important purposes for Trump. First, it would provide further validation from an electorate that women who allege sexual assault and harassment are liars. It would specifically validate the idea that many women will secretly conspire to lie about sexual assault for political purposes. Second, it could discourage more women from coming forward with claims against men in power since it would seem as if their stories can be easily dismissed. . .This second rationale could be particularly important to Trump if there are other women with allegations against him who have not yet stepped forward. (from “The real reason why Trump is supporting Moore,” by Judd Legum in Think Progress)]

Below is a list of 14 allegations of sexual assault committed by the President of the United States.

Ninni Laaksonen, former Miss Finland, says “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” in July 2006. Jessica Drake says Trump grabbed and kissed her without consent, then offered her $10,000 for sex in 2006.  Karena Virginia says she was groped by Trump at the U.S. Open in 1998. Cathy Heller says Trump grabbed her and attempted to kiss her at Mar-a-lago in 1997. Summer Zervos, an Apprentice contestant, says Trump kissed her, grabbed her breasts and began “thrusting his genitals” in 2007.  Kristin Anderson says Trump reached under her skirt and grabbed her vagina through her underwear in the early 1990s. Jessica Leeds says Trump lifted up the armrest, grabbed her breasts and reached his hand up her skirt in the early 1980s. Rachel Crooks says she was sexually assaulted by Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower in 2005. Mindy McGillivray says Trump groped her while she was attending a concert at Mar-a-lago in 2003. Natasha Stoynoff says Trump pushed her against a wall and jammed his tongue down her throat at Mar-a-lago in 2005. Jennifer Murphy, another Apprentice contestant, says Trump kissed her on the lips after a job interview in 2005.  Cassandra Searles says Trump grabbed her ass and invited her to his hotel room in 2013. Temple Taggart McDowell, Former Miss Utah, says Trump kissed her directly on the lips the first time she met him in 1997. Jill Harth says Trump repeatedly sexually harassed her and groped her underneath a table in 1993. (The quoted article.)

[11-21 or 50 accusers]

The President says that these are all lies told by the lying liars who lie about him (to paraphrase the title of Al Franken’s 2003 book about Republican politics).

But if these allegations prove true (and let’s face it, they will), and Donald Trump is indeed our Violator-in-Chief, that man has a very sick, injurious, and corrupting imagination of his sexuality, and ours. His fall-back defense is the demeaning one which he has already tried, that women at are fault and he was only doing what men do.

A test of all of our accused leaders, in politics and other industries, is whether they have the character to respond in a manner that attempts to contribute to the healing of our deeply ailing*, cultural imagination of sexuality. So far, few have shown such good character.

Roy Moore has not. Since the voters of Alabama are deciding whether they will put him in a position to affect all of our lives, we have to ask them to look into their moral imaginations, join the resistance, and help us out.

11-19 From the endorsement of Doug Jones, by Alabama’s largest newspaper:

We each know someone in our lives who is a survivor of sexual assault or child abuse. Many of us are still searching for the words needed to tell our own stories and some may never find that voice. This election is about them.   

How can we look our neighbors, our parishioners, our colleagues, our partners, or our children in the eyes and tell them they are worth less than ensuring one political party keeps a Senate seat?  How can we expect young Alabamians to have faith in their government or their church, when its leaders equivocate on matters as clear cut as sexual abuse?

* For instance, when women need to carry panic buttons at work in a hotel, or in a restaurant.

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