Kandi Mossett, an activist who grew up on a reservation in North Dakota and has been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline there, told Rewire, “We don’t need a report to tell us what we have known for decades. We’ve been talking about it long before these reports. If you want to know the truth, ask us.”
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Though some of the allegations predate it, new accusations came to light after the Washington Post published footage October 8 of Trump speaking with then-Access Hollywood personality Billy Bush in 2005 about how he would grope and kiss women, seemingly without their consent.
“I’m in a position now where I have an opportunity for advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual assault,” said Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH). “The bottom line is, we need to change the culture. And it’s ironic, but I believe that Donald Trump has essentially started this national dialogue. He inadvertently defined ‘lack of consent.’”
“It's disappointing that the Department of Justice wants to get serious about data collection and reporting with about 100 days left in this administration,” said Kanya Bennett, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Mr. Trump, when I met you I was so impressed with your talents that I wanted to be like you. I wanted a job within your organization,” said Summer Zervos near the end of the press conference. “Instead, you treated me as ... an object to be hit upon.”
Vicki Ringer, Planned Parenthood's South Carolina director of public affairs, told the Post and Courier that the proposed regulations were an attempt to “shame” people seeking abortion care.