President Donald Trump has come forward in the days following the Kavanaugh confirmation describing all the difficulties that men face these days due to accusations of sexual assault or impropriety. First Lady Melania Trump has now decided to jump on the train too, taking the opinion even further by saying that women need, “really hard evidence,” before they should come forward with sexual assault allegations.
Trump recently took a trip to Africa, during which she commented on the #metoo movement and made headlines with her evidence comment. It’s unclear exactly what she meant by her claim, but it appears to say that victims of crimes should always have hard evidence before they report anything. Hopefully, there will be some clarification of her points in the near future.
“I support the women. They need to be heard. We need to support them. And also men, not just women,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News. “We need to have really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence.”
She also lashed out at the media’s coverage of the accusations laid out against Justice Kavanaugh by several women, including Christine Blasey-Ford. Most Americans are familiar with her by now after the high-profile hearing during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
“You cannot just say to somebody you know, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘You did that to me,’ because sometimes the media goes too far. And the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right,” the First Lady continued.
The Trumps are intimately familiar with how the media can portray accusations of sexual assault or misconduct. According to a recent Business Insider report, at least 22 women have accused the president of sexual misconduct in the years between 1970 and 2013.
Trump has commented on these allegations, calling them, “false,” and claiming that these 22 women, “got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me.” As the conversations around the topic of sexual assault have opened up in recent years, Trump has remained unscathed by the multitude of accusations.
Sexual assault allegations are an understandably difficult thing to investigate. But many argue that they need to be reported before they can be investigated by the proper authorities, and often this process involves leaks. Once again, it’s unclear if Melania is saying that these women should investigate their rapes themselves, or not report them if there isn’t clear-cut evidence.
Comments on the Independent Journal Review shed the light on some other concerns with this claim.
“I do get innocent before proven guilty and I would never say someone should go to prison on an accusation alone, but exactly what evidence are people expecting prior to going forward? Should I not go to the police until after I have acquired a signed confession that I was raped?” Phoenix wrote.
There is no doubt that every person deserves their due process, but in order for those investigations to occur, victims of sexual assault and misconduct need to report them. A proper investigation is the key to ensuring that no innocent person is imprisoned or charged with a crime that they simply did not do.
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