Donald Trump has made tons of outrageous and offensive comments before – including remarks on religious groups, the minority and women. But a video obtained by The Washington Post seemed to have sparked a renewed hatred towards the presidential candidate.
The video was of Trump basically condoning sexual assault, telling then-host of “Access Hollywood”, Billy Bush, that he can simply kiss and touch women without their consent because he was a “star.”
“When you’re a star you can do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p*ssy,” Trump said.
In the video, Trump was telling Bush a story about a woman he tried to have sex with. “I moved on her like a b*tch but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
He added: “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful (women) – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Trump had already issued an apology for his lewd comments, explaining that it was just “locker room banter that happened many years ago”.
However, women are not buying Trump’s apology and have started a trending topic on Twitter, telling stories of their sexual assault experiences to condemn the trivialization of rape culture by Trump’s example.
The trend began when writer Kelly Oxford began tweeting about her own experience on sexual assault.
“Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren’t just stats,” she wrote.
Since then, tweets started pouring in, all from women who have experienced any form of sexual assault, abuse and harassment. A few hours after, tweets using the hashtag #NotOkay amounted to 3 million (and still counting).
Here are some tweets sent using the said hashtag:
“Working at a haunted house. Pinned against the wall/kissed by a boy my age. Dad teases me about my new “bf” all night,” Twitter user @spookyhime said.
“Old man Disneyland cups my butt and fingers hit vag while I’m in line for ice cream at Disneyland when I was 14,” Ginger Gonzaga tweeted.
Some women came forward to tell the story of their rape, to show that Trump’s remarks in the said video trivializes the whole crime of forcing women into sex.
Photographer, Jessica Zollman recounted her first sexual assault experience with a neighbor, hoping it would encourage other women to speak up and be strong.
“Sharing my story and making sure women know they aren’t alone in these experiences is far more important to me,” Jessica told Buzzfeed.
During the second presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, reporter Anderson Cooper confronted him about the controversial video.
“You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals,” Cooper said to Trump. “That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”
“No, I didn’t say that at all,” Trump said defiantly. “I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker-room talk. I’m not proud of it. I’ve apologized to my family — I’ve apologized to the American people.”
Trump then diverted the conversation to the issue of terrorism brought by ISIS.