Trump Accusers Come Together to Seek Justice After Ignored Sexual Assault Claims

Since October, America has seen everyone from senators to comedians fall prey to the #MeToo movement as their sexual assault histories are exposed. Over 45 high-profile men have been accused of sexual misconduct, from Hollywood to the tech world to the Hill. One name that has been overlooked in the national conversation was Donald Trump. Over the span of a few decades, Trump has raked in 16 complaints of sexual assault and many of these women have stated quiet until now.
Several women who came forward with their accusations during the 2016 presidential campaign publicly renewed their allegations on a televised press conference and interview on Monday morning. The four accusers are calling for a congressional investigation into the president.
Trump has previously denied the allegations of the four women and over a dozen more.
Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant, lead the press conference with the support of Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks and Lisa Boyne.
The women expressed their disappointment that their initial accusations did not have a greater effect on the outcome of the 2016 election. However, they are hoping that the recent attitude shift regarding sexual harassment will help them propel their cases to the point where congress has no choice but to investigate Trump.
Holvey recalled her encounter with Trump during her time in the Miss USA pageant system. During a pageant, Trump came backstage to meet the contestants were in the hair and make-up room.
“He lined us up, and I thought this was going to be like a meet and greet, like ‘hi, how are ya, nice to meet you,’ it was not,” Holvey said on NBC. “He was just looking me over like I was a piece of meat, I was not a human being, I didn’t have a brain, I didn’t have a personality. I was just simply there for his pleasure. It left me feeling very gross, very dirty. This is not what I signed up for.”
Leeds detailed meeting Trump on a plane in the 1970, where he “groped and kissed” her during the flight. Crooks is accusing Trump of repeatedly kissing her outside her office in Trump Tower.
Each woman has a different experience, but the same attacker. But what do you do when the person who has violated and humiliated you is the most powerful man on earth?
The easy answer is to do nothing and allow the power system to remain uninterrupted, but these brave women want change.
White House officials on Monday repeated the president’s claim that the accusations of sexual misconduct were false and that the women were lying.

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