Trump’s boasts ‘re-trau­ma­tiz­ing’ for Ore­gon gov­er­nor

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Don­ald Trump’s re­cently un­earthed 2005 re­marks brag­ging about sex­ual as­sault were “re-trau­ma­tiz­ing” for Ore­gon Gov. Kate Brown, who’s a sur­vivor of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The gov­er­nor, who could be­come the first out LGBT per­son elected as gov­er­nor in the United States, re­flected in an in­ter­view Tues­day with the Wash­ing­ton Blade on the misog­y­nis­tic com­ments from Trump that shook up the pres­i­den­tial race.

“I think for all us who have been through in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or sex­ual as­sault the words are re-trau­ma­tiz­ing, and I think, un­for­tu­nately, for women across the United States, it’s all too com­mon to hear words like this from men in places of power,” Brown said.

Asked what the re­marks por­tend for a po­ten­tial Trump pres­i­dency, Brown replied, “I’m cer­tainly hop­ing that con­sci­en­tious men and women will rise up and vote against Don­ald Trump.”

Brown, who’s bi­sex­ual, came out as a sur­vivor of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence last month in re­sponse to a ques­tion about im­prov­ing the lives of women dur­ing a de­bate with her Repub­li­can op­po­nent Wil­liam “Bud” Pierce. Ref­er­enc­ing a new re­port from the Women’s Foun­da­tion of Ore­gon, which found women con­tinue to face high rates of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual as­sault, Brown said of her ex­pe­ri­ence, “I know what it feels like to be a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.”

Oc­to­ber 28, 2016

In re­sponse to the same ques­tion, Pierce didn’t ac­knowl­edge the gov­er­nor’s dis­clo­sure and said, “A woman that has great ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and a great job is not sus­cep­ti­ble to this kind of abuse by men,” draw­ing boos from the au­di­ence.

Dur­ing her in­ter­view with the Blade, Brown said Trump’s re­marks were emo­tional for her per­son­ally and the nega­tive im­pact was com­pounded be­cause they came days after her de­bate with Pierce.

“It was re-trau­ma­tiz­ing to me be­cause [Pierce] clearly hadn’t lis­tened to what I had to say, and it was just a very chal­leng­ing next sev­eral days be­tween that and Trump’s state­ment,” Brown said. “I don’t un­der­stand how any­body could con­sider vot­ing for Don­ald Trump after what they heard him say.”

The Brown cam­paign has con­firmed the can­di­date was a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, but de­clined to pro­vide de­tails other than to say the per­pet­u­a­tor wasn’t Dan Brown, her spouse, whom she mar­ried in 1997.


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