They’re all Donald Trumps.
The men who get away with sexual assault.
The men who walk around this world blemish-free amidst rape or sexual abuse accusations.
The men with famous names like Roman Polanski or Bill Cosby who are rewarded with more opportunities to sexually assault women.
The men who are gifted with an abundance of power and career advancement after the fact.
The men who are elected to be the President of The United States of America.
According to legal documents, Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old child and his ex-wife Ivana.
It’s also alleged that he attempted to rape a former business associate. Not surprisingly, Trump denies all accusations.
We live in a world that trivialises the rape and abuse of women. We contribute to the toxicity that is rape culture when we fall silent.
I fell silent about my rape for 17 years. I wore my rapist’s shame like a weighted cloak.
And no, my rapist wasn't Donald Trump. I was raped by a stranger. He has no name.
But a few years ago, I started to speak up and speak out. I no longer silenced my experience.
I wrote a novella-length book about my rape and I penned essays and articles for local and international publications.
As an Australian columnist, I’ve been given the space and platform for my voice to be heard. This is a privilege not available to everyone.
Especially, rape victims who also happen to be women of color, women with disabilities or seniors.
During a deposition in the early 90’s, Ivana Trump described how Donald raped her in a fit of rage.
The incident was made public in the book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, penned by journalist -- Harry Hurt III.
Ivana would come out and amend her use of words later:
“During a deposition given by me in connection with my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me, “I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
In Ivana's statement, she added instead that she felt “violated”
In June 2016, a federal lawsuit was filed in the state of New York by “Jane Doe”.
Jane alleges Trump raped her in 1994, when she was just 13-years-old.
According to the lawsuit Trump tied her to the bed before sexually assaulting her.
The lawsuit also includes a statement from a witness “Tiffany Doe” who claims she personally saw the rape occur.
Anonymous “Jane Doe” sadly withdrew her lawsuit in fear of numerous threats.
Former business associate, Jill Harth filed a lawsuit in 1997, accusing Trump of making unwanted sexual advances and attempting to rape her.
Harth withdrew the lawsuit after Trump settled a separate lawsuit over a business matter with her romantic partner.
It's interesting how all three accusations were quashed. Women’s lives are being ruined but ‘white bread’ speaks.
Within days, America will have a new president. A president who likes to grab women by the pussy.
As a woman, a daughter, a sister, a rape survivor and a female artist.
I’m scared -- scared of the message this sends to women, men and the marginalized.
How many more rape accusations will Donald Trump vehemently deny during his presidency?
But, we shouldn't worry about it? Right?
Cause after all he's just a man.
Thanks for the wisdom Tammy Wynette!