Women who spoke out deserve respect


The impossible has occurred; a Democrat won an election this week in the red state of Alabama. Although the defeat of Roy Moore is a great thing, I’m wondering now what will come of the women who stood up and shouted “No Moore”? I wonder what will happen to his accusers; will they meet the same fate as the women who stood up against Donald Trump?

After the presidential election, the public and the media seemingly lost interest in the women who stood up against Donald Trump. They were mothballed for a few months following the presidential election, only to be restored during the special election in Alabama. As the accusations against Roy Moore grew, the women who spoke out against “The Don” were again allowed to share what the (now) President of the United States had done to them. In efforts to set things right in our nation, these women relived some of their most intimate, terrifying moments in their lives in a very public manner.

One of the most important things for a survivor of sexual trauma is that they are believed. One cannot imagine the guts it takes for a person to come forward and say they were sexually traumatized in any capacity. To further escalate things, accusing a public figure who has a strong following could be considered as unimaginable. Yet here they are, the women who were scorned in the past had what it takes to set things right in America. While I rejoice for them, I also feel a little trepidation as the election spotlight fades away. I hope that our nation does not forget these brave women. These women are heroes and deserve to be remembered as such. These women are the brave souls who set things right and gave us a little hope that moral goodness can prevail over partisan lines.

Benjamin French


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