President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women and who was once caught on tape bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy,” announced Friday that April would be “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.”
In a typo-riddled White House statement, Trump pledged to raise awareness of sexual assault and to hold offenders accountable, since “these heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately.”
“We must not be afraid to talk about sexual assualt [sic] and sexual assult [sic] prevention with our loved ones, in our communities, and with those who have experienced these tragedies,” he said. “We must encourage victims to report sexual assault and law enforcement to hold offenders accountable, and we must support victims and survivors unremmittingly [sic]. Through a concerted effort to better educate ourselves, empower victims, and punish criminals, our Nation will move closer to ending the grief, fear, and suffering caused by sexual assult [sic].”
Trump also announced that the White House will create the Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Services Technical Assistance Center, which will help local organizations understand how to best support survivors of sexual assault.
It's a topic Trump is familiar with, having been accused of dozens of instances of sexual harassment and assault, including allegations that he deliberately walked in on the teen contestants as they changed backstage at his Miss Teen USA pageant, groped women, and kissed women without their consent. The president has generally denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a 2005 tape, however, Trump bragged about trying to have sex with women and kissing them without waiting for their consent while he visited the set of "Access Hollywood."
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he told show host Billy Bush. “You can do anything.”
Earlier this month, a judge ruled that a defamation lawsuit brought against Trump by a woman who accused Trump of sexual assault, Summer Zervos, could move forward. Zervos is suing Trump for calling her a liar.
Cover image: RICHFIELD, OHIO - MARCH 29: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd gathered at the Local 18 Richfield Facility of the Operating Engineers Apprentice and Training, a union and apprentice training center specializing in the repair and operation of heavy equipment on March 29, 2018 in Richfield, Ohio. President Trump's remarks centered upon infrastructure investment in the economy and labor statistics. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)