Letter: It's time for women to tell their stories

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To the Editor:

Now that Time Magazine has awarded their Person of the Year to the "Silence Breakers" who spoke out as part of the #MeToo campaign, and as a result of the scandals of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, political figures, and many more, it's time for more of us women to tell our stories. Actually it's past time. It's time to hold men and women who sexually assault others accountable.

That's what Kirsten Gillibrand and other female senators are doing with their call for Sen. Franken (D-Minn.) to resign. It was a difficult decision for her, based on her response in interviews. But to her credit, she had to say, "Enough is enough."

On Tuesday, December 12, Alabama voters go to the polls to make a similar decision: Will they elect an accused pedophile and alleged serial sexual abuser just because he's a Republican and supported by Donald Trump? Trump, of course, is likewise accused of multiple — anywhere from 16-18 — acts of sexual harassment, assault, abuse, and rape. The now-infamous Access Hollywood video tape with Billy Bush, and at least one audio tape with Howard Stern, might as well be confessions by Trump.

I almost feel sorry for the plight of these and other such men. On the other hand, now they might — what with the unwanted attention —have an idea of what women have had to, and do, endure most of their lives. But enough is indeed enough!

See the pattern? The predatory power, physical, emotional, financial? The pattern that degrades and devalues women, make them feel "less than?"

I have my own list, as does almost every woman. It's not complete, but it's much too long. Sexual assault, harassment. Drunken groping. Blind date, rape. Fianc , domestic abuse, partner rapes. Policeman, sexual assaults. Fireman, sexual assault. Fellow church member, years'-long innuendoes, attempted groping. Boss, sexual innuendoes. #MeToo.

Several United States senators are now calling for an official investigation into the accusations against Trump. Even Trump's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said the women "should be heard" and "have every right to speak up" (USA Today).

It is past time to demand Donald Trump's resignation on this matter. A recent Twitter post says it all: #TrumpToo. He needs to be held accountable, too. He is not above the law.

The more of us who speak up — women and men — the fewer victims there will be.



Genie Rayner

Bennington

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