Now that President Trump has declared April Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, it seems as good a time as any to focus on one of our nation’s most prominent alleged assailants: Donald Trump.
The irony of Trump’s declaration is as rich as his record is long. There’s so-called Pussygate. There are the 11 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. There’s the lawsuit alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl.
Then there’s the language Trump uses to refer to women (who, by the way, constitute the vast majority of victims of sexual assault). He’s called women everything from “dogs” to “bimbos,” insulted his female enemies’ physical appearances, and made offensive comments about female contestants and crew members on “The Apprentice.”
In case you thought women in the Trump family were exempt from his apparently unending abuse — well, nah. Trump’s first wife, Ivana, described feeling “violated” during a sexual encounter with him while they were married. And as Trevor highlighted during last year’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Trump had no problem objectifying his own infant daughter in a 1994 episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Sexual assault and misogyny’s role in perpetuating it are issues we should all be more aware of. As the White House’s own proclamation for the month states, “Women, children, and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated.” The “unless you’re the Donald” part is probably implied.