Connie Chung: I Was Sexually Assaulted By My GYN 50 Years Ago
"What made this monster even more reprehensible was that he was the very doctor who delivered me," wrote Chung.
Amid President Trump and Republicans questioning Christine Blasey Ford's remembrance of the alleged sexual assault, but not the exact details of when, women have come out sharing their vulnerable selves and accounts of assault to support Ford.
They aim to take down the ignorance of powerful white misogynistic men who ignore the repercussions of trauma, and are still pushing Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Journalist Connie Chung wrote an op-ed directly to Ford, sharing her own sexual assault 50 years ago by her trusted OB-GYN.
"What made this monster even more reprehensible was that he was the very doctor who delivered me on Aug. 20, 1946," Chung wrote.
She even asked Ford if she could sleep at night, because just telling her story now, Chung couldn't sleep or eat.
She wrote in The Washington Post:
"He coached me verbally in a soft voice, 'Just breathe. 'Ah-ah,' mimicking the sound of soft breathing. 'You're doing fine,' he assured me.
"Suddenly, to my shock, I had an orgasm for the first time in my life. My body jerked several times. Then he leaned over, kissed me, a peck on my lips, and slipped behind the curtain to his office area.
"At the time, I think I may have told one of my sisters. I certainly did not tell my parents. I did not report him to authorities.
"It never crossed my mind to protect other women. Please understand, I was actually embarrassed about my sexual naivete. I was in my 20s and knew nothing about sex. All I wanted to do was bury the incident in my mind and protect my family."
Chung added, "I have kept my dirty little secret to myself. Silence for five decades."
More than 70 percent of instances of sexual violence are committed by someone the victim knows. Over 80 percent of women (and 35 percent of men) report short and long term symptoms of PTSD after an attack.
Chung, too, said she couldn't remember exact dates, but "We remember exactly what happened to us and who did it to us. We remember the truth forever. Bravo, Christine, for telling the truth."
Chung said she was worried that, after sharing her story, it would change her legacy: "Will my legacy as a television journalist for 30-plus years be relegated to a footnote? Will "She Too" be etched on my tombstone instead? I don't want to tell the truth. I must tell the truth."
Patti Davis, the author and daughter of President Ronald Reagan, also came forward with her own story of sexual assault she said happened 40 years ago.
Davis addressed why women are reluctant to report sexual assault.
"Requesting an investigation into the incident isn't a big ask. Unless they just want her to go away. Which is, by the way, one reason that women are scared to speak up," Davis said.
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"This is a huge victory for the survivors who came forward, both in 'Surviving R. Kelly' and before, and all young Black women, who are systematically undervalued in our society," said Arisha Hatch of Color of Change.
R. Kelly was removed from RCA Records' website on Friday, but no official statement has been made by the record label.
Sony and R. Kelly have agreed to part ways, according to a Billboard report. The "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary and subsequent backlash from activists, music fans, and fellow music artists seems to have taken its toll, after more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse.
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Former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions, Tony Beckham, caught a white man fondling himself outside of his daughter's window at 6:40 a.m. Monday (she had just exited the shower to get dressed), and runs outside, tackles him, his wife calls the police, and the man is arrested.
Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.
Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.
But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.
Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.
Crews said that, after revealing he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, Black women stood by him.
"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.
A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.
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