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Joe Biden presided over Clarence Thomas hearings when Anita Hill accused Thomas of workplace sexual misconduct. Right before he a mounted his prez run, Biden called Hill. She said the conversation was inadequate and that it left her 'deeply unsatisfied'. nytimes.com/2019/04/25/us/…
Anita Hill also said that Biden's actions during the Thomas hearings had harmed her and other victims.
Hill also said that Biden 'set the stage' for what went on in the Kavanaugh hearings, where the reputation of Dr. Blasey Ford was attacoed by GOP. Anita Hill then said she was troubled by recent disclosures of Biden inappropriately touching women.
One of those victims was Caitlyn Caruso who was 19 when Joe Biden put his hand on her thigh and pulled her in close despite her efforts to pull away, immediately after she'd told her story of sexual assault publicy for first time. She said he 'perpetuated harm' against her.
After Joe Biden was called out for this harmful and inappropriate violation of women's bodily autonomy without their consent, he made jokes about consent during his first public appearance after allegations surfaced.
Anita Hill's description of the call with Biden, and Biden's own comments after allegations of violations of women's bodily autonomy surfaced, show that Joe Biden doesn't get it, and doesn't take sexual misconduct seriously.
Then the Tara Reade allegations surfaced. Initially, Tara had disclosed that Biden sexually harassed her in the workplace. Months later, she disclosed the entire story of how Biden sexually assaulted and harassed her.
In a vacuum, these allegations might seem far fetched to some, but in light of Biden's pattern of disbelieving survivors (Anita Hill) and allowing their reputations to be destroyed, and in light of making fun of consent after being accused of inapprorpiate touch, they make sense.
The NYT has called for a full and non-biased investigation into the allegations against Biden by Tara Reade. They literally challenged Biden's denial of the allegations, saying "Mr. Biden's word is insufficient".
There are 60 days till election day. When the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced in October of 2016, dozens of prominent Republicans demanded Trump step aside and be replaced. Prominent Democrats must demand a full investiagtion now into sexual asaault allegations against Biden.
Because Republicans didn't heed the advice regarding Trump in 2016 doesn't mean that Democtats should be equally tone deaf on issues of sexual violence. The DNC refused to agree to an investigation into Biden this Spring. This inconvenient timing is their fault, not Tara Reade's.
Ms. Reade has agreed to testify under oath if such an investiagtion takes place. She's agreed to be polygraphed if Joe Biden is as well. And she's agreed with NYT and journalists who have called on Biden to authorize a search of his Senate records at @UDelaware.
The Biden camp, DNC and Dem leadership has been silent on this issue for months. Nancy Pelosi called it a 'closed' issue just days after NYT called on DNC to authorize a full investigation. This silence and dismissal is unacceptable from a party that says they support #MeToo.
As a professional who has worked with countless victims and trained thousands of professionals on sexual violence/trauma, I join w/other survivors and allies in demanding a full and thorough investigation be commenced into the allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden.
The character assassination levelled at Anita Hill by the GOP in1990s mirrors the character attacks against Dr. Blasey Ford in 2018 and Tara Reade today.
Women who've risked everything coming out w/sexual assault allegations against powerful men have been attacked and silenced by both parties. This pattern of rape culture allows sexual violence to continue unabated and is designed to prevent future victims from coming forward.
Either we deal with this now, or we admit that #MeToo was just a prop conveniently used by Dems to attack their rivals, instead of the movment of victim liberation it was designed to be.
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