On Friday, shortly after the release of a vulgar 2005 tape where Donald Trump can be heard talking about women like they’re objects to be grabbed and fondled, comedian Kelly Oxford asked her female followers on Twitter to share their sexual assault stories. “Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren’t just stats. I’ll go first,” she tweeted. “Old man on city bus grabs my ‘p*ssy’ and smiles at me, I’m 12.” The responses are difficult to get through, but important to read — one user wrote, “I won’t give details, but I was 12, and he went to jail,” while another added, “Man rubbed against my ass on the train then blew me a kiss, I was in fifth grade on a school trip.” Trump’s words aren’t just “locker room” talk; they happen every day to millions of women.
Including Amber Tamblyn, who shared her sexual abuse story on Instagram.
“A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time,” the actress wrote. “One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd. He’s a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina — my p*ssy? — and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club.”