Sex is a difficult topic to talk about. Sex and politics is an even more difficult topic to talk about, but this campaign has made it imperative to talk about sex. There is sex and then there are violent acts. We should never get confused between what is a sexual act and what in essence is an act of violence. Sexual assault and rape are acts of violence where only the perpetrator is the willing participant, and where the woman is the unwilling participant. No still means no. No one is entitled or allowed to do things without permission. Money and power does not give anyone permission to commit an act of sexual assault.
“Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.” These acts are coersed and subjects the victim to sexual touching.
There is no excuse for such actions. NO woman should be subjected to this kind of abhorant behavior. It is curious to see an accused perpetrator of this behavior, Donald Trump, try to excuse away his behavior by denying that it happened, and by attacking the victim. This is quite common when a perpetrator of this kind of behavior is confronted by his accuser.
Women for centuries have had to defend their actions in a male dominated world. Men attempt to turn the tables on the victim and somehow make it their fault for having been attacked.
Women are coming forward now with the courage to confront a rich and powerful man, Donald Trump, for his alleged actions. Threats have been used to try to deter women from coming forward. No woman should ever be subjected to sexual assault. It is behavior that should never, ever be okay with anyone. Who would ever want their wife, their girlfriend, their sister, or their daughter subjected to such actions? All of us need to stand tall and say enough is enough, we can no longer tolerate this kind of behavior no matter how powerful or how rich the alleged perpetrator is, it is just plain wrong to commit such acts.
It is more than curious to see Donald Trump and some of his surrogates try to defend what is not defendable by also casting aspersions on another man, Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton has had his day under the spotlight and scrutiny of a public trial and humuliation regarding his actions regarding Monica Lewinsky. Trump’s defenders fail to recognize the difference between consentual sex and sexual assault. But nevertheless, no action by another man, excuses the actions of what is alleged to have taken place regarding Donald Trump’s own behavior.
What kind of a perverted sense of morality do we have when you have several of his surrogates claiming it is all Bill’s fault after all, when these men, such as former Mayor Guiliani and former Speaker Newt Gingrich were such paragons of virtue, not, that each man was married 3 times. Newt in particular showed such a lack of class that he went to his then wife’s bedside and served her with divorce papers.
He who is without sin cast the first sin, is a quote that comes from the Bible, and it has such common sense. Who has the right to defend Trump when his defenders like Gingrich and Guiliani are rife with their own sins and inequities.
Women have found all of Donald Trump’s statements and alleged actions to be behavior that is totally unacceptable in a candidate for President. Such a lack of common decency on the part of candidate Trump, will lead to his defeat at the polls on November the 8th.