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In video leaked Friday, Donald Trump literally bragged about sexually assaulting women. If you are a survivor of sexual assault or abuse, will you please sign on to this letter right away? We want to publish it in a major newspaper this week.
Here's the full letter--if you sign, we'll include only your first name when we publish it.
Republican leaders, candidates, and elected officials:
We write as survivors of sexual assault to express our disgust at the Republican nominee for President's vile treatment of women, and to express profound disappointment in your continued support of his candidacy.
Donald Trump's record on women has always been shameful, but the tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it is a new low.
These words affect us all, but as survivors of sexual assault they have a particular, horrifying impact on us.
In this country, one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and the vast majority of perpetrators will--like Donald Trump--get away with it. When survivors of sexual assault come forward, they are too often blamed, shamed, and disbelieved. Donald Trump's bragging teaches young men that they can get away with it--and your silence means you stood by and watched.
We call on ALL Republican leaders, candidates, and elected officials to take a stand against sexual assault and abuse--and take a stand against your own nominee for President. You must not only denounce Trump’s words, but clearly and unequivocally denounce his candidacy and do all in your power to make sure that this sexual predator never sets foot in the White House. And we urge you to support strong policies to that will end the epidemic of sexual assault in this country and support survivors of abuse.
Survivors of sexual assault and abuse
[Your first name here]