Cheyenne Dorsagno, Managing Editor
Donald Trump has been accused of sexually assaulting his ex-wife, a former business associate, and now a 13-year-old girl, but media coverage is scarce to none.
Men who objectify women are more likely to become rapists and Trump has a history of portraying sexist attitudes.
In 1992, New York Magazine quoted him as saying, “Women, you have to treat them like sh*t.”
Trump has called women “disgusting animals,” “slobs,” and more. He inferred that Megyn Kelly was on her period when she asked him hard-hitting questions in an interview. Marie Brenner also accused Trump of pouring a glass of wine down her back after she wrote an article about him that he didn’t like. On Trump’s show, Celebrity Apprentice, he told female contestant Brande Roderick that it would be “a pretty picture” to see her on her knees.
Above all this, Trump has been accused of rape by his ex-wife, Ivana Trump. The allegation was made public in 1993, when journalist Harry Hurt published his book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. Ivana described the incident, saying Trump angrily held her arms back and raped her after an argument. After the Trumps’ divorce settlement, his lawyer required that Ivana make a statement at the front of Lost Tycoon. In it, Ivana said that she did not mean “rape” in the literal sense, although Trump did make her feel “violated.”
Jill Harth made the second allegation in a 1997 lawsuit, detailing Trump’s numerous sexual advances while he was a business associate of Harth and her romantic partner. She described several instances of unwanted groping. She also alleged an attempted rape on one occasion, after Trump forced her into his child’s room, slammed her against the wall, and pulled up her dress. This was in the room of his daughter Ivanka, for whom Trump has been accused of having incestuous desires after he inferred that he would date her if they weren’t related.
Harth withdrew the lawsuit after her partner settled a separate lawsuit with Trump. Despite requests made by Trump’s lawyer, Harth still stands by her claims.
The most recent suit, filed in June 2016, has been issued by an anonymous woman who said that Trump raped her in 1994 when she was 13 years old. “Jane Doe” was an aspiring model and, enticed by promises of money and fame, she went with Trump to several parties. According to the legal documents, Trump tied her to a bed and carried out a “savage sexual attack.” Doe claimed that, after screaming for him to stop, he struck her and said that he would do whatever he wanted.
This assault was allegedly aided by Jeffrey Epstein, a registered sex offender. Supposedly, Epstein argued with Trump as he was angry that he was not the one to take Doe’s virginity.
According to the Huffington Post, Trump said to a reporter, “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Doe said that she has been reluctant to file the lawsuit as Trump purportedly threatened to physically harm her and her family if she ever came forward. A former party planner of Epstein has corroborated Doe’s report, saying that she witnessed Trump attack Doe and that it was part of her job to make sure young attractive women attended Epstein’s parties.
In response, Trump has said, “These allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated.”
While the American justice system views defendants as “innocent until proven guilty,” the media is responsible for informing the people of possible sex offenders, especially when the accused might soon run the country. Donald Trump will appear in court on October 14 for an initial conference. Meanwhile, the media will buzz with conspiracy theories of Hillary Clinton’s supposedly poor health.