Dear Donald Trump,
As a journalist, I am supposed to have an objective view when it comes to talking and writing about politics.
As a journalist, I am not supposed to expressively take sides.
As a journalist, it is my job to provide the news and the truth to those who wish to be involved.
But this isn’t about politics and I am more than a journalist. I am also a young woman and as a woman your comments disgust me.
You were caught saying that you can grab women by the genitals and because you’re a star they let you do it and “you can do anything.”
You then claimed those comments were just “locker room talk.”
But it’s not, it’s sexual assault and it’s a big deal.
According to rainn.org every two minutes an American is sexually assaulted.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
According to justice.gov sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.
So, when you were saying that you just “start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
That by default is assault, considering you aren’t giving women a chance to give or deny consent.
Private conversation or not, many people agree this topic isn’t one to joke about.
I know for a fact I don’t find it funny.
Every day I watch the news I see headlines say more women are coming forward about what you have done to them.
And every day I see that, so do girls younger than me and victims.
Our presidential nominee sexually assaults women and is still allowed to run?
For one, it’s illegal and discriminatory to women everywhere. How are we supposed to look up to a man that thinks we are just put on this world to compete in beauty pageants and flaunt our bodies?
But the main issue is you can’t even apologize. Instead you brought up Bill Clinton and claimed he has said worse to you on the golf course.
But you see Trump, he is not running for presidency and you are.
As a journalist, I implore you to make an educated vote during this election.
As a woman, I implore you to cast your vote with women’s rights in mind.