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Trump attacks Kavanaugh’s accuser in a string of despicable tweets

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President Donald Trump has never disappointed when it comes to doing the unthinkable- and he has attacked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

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The suggestion that Ford is lying about the attack is bad enough, but this is an unprecedented statement for a president to make — especially coming from a man who has come under similar scrutiny for his own behavior.

Besides the infamous Access Hollywood tape, Trump has been accused by numerous womenof sexual harassment and assault.

But perhaps most galling is the way Trump’s attack suggests that just because women don’t report rapes or assaults, they must not be true. In fact, as Vox noted this week, about two-thirds of rape cases and only one-third of battery or assault cases are reported to police, according to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

And in a vast majority of the cases in which rapes and assaults are reported, the perpetrator never sees jail time.

As Mashable’s Angie Han wrote following the wave of Harvey Weinstein allegations, specifically about the shaming of accuser Ashley Judd:

The shame game is playing out in real time, too. While Ashley Judd, the first to go on the record about Weinstein’s harassment, has received praise, the online conversation about her is simultaneously punishing. Comments on our Facebook page at time of writing described her as a “loser” who “needs a paycheck.” On Twitter, commenters dismissed her bravery as hollow “now that she’s washed up.”

 

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