Women’s rights groups pledged their support on Monday for Alva Johnson, a former staffer on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign who has alleged that the president sexually assaulted her on the campaign trail weeks before he won the election.
According to the Washington Post, Johnson is alleging in a new lawsuit against Trump that he kissed her without her consent at a campaign event in Florida on August 24, 2016.
“I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,” Johnson said, calling Trump’s actions “super creepy and inappropriate.”
“Johnson’s story should serve as a reminder to all Americans that Donald Trump is a self-confessed sexual predator—who will never stop abusing women,” said Emma Boorboor, deputy director of organizing for UltraViolet, noting that “she joins more than twenty other women who have had the courage to share their stories of sexual abuse by Donald Trump with the American people.”
“We cannot truly tackle the epidemic of sexual violence in this country until we hold Donald Trump and his enablers accountable. We urge Congress to investigate these latest accusations against Trump,” Boorboor added.
“Johnson’s story should serve as a reminder to all Americans that Donald Trump is a self-confessed sexual predator—who will never stop abusing women.” —Emma Boorboor, UltraVioletJohnson, who worked for several months as the director of outreach and coalitions for the campaign in Alabama and then Florida, told the Post that Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her at a rally in Tampa just after he exited a campaign bus. She turned her head and the then-candidate’s kiss landed on the side of her mouth, and Johnson was left shaken.
Johnson said Florida campaign director Karen Giorno and then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi were present during the incident, but both women deny the assault took place.
However, Johnson’s account was corroborated by her boyfriend, mother, and stepfather, who all told the Post that she informed them of the incident later the same day. Her therapist also wrote in notes about sessions with Johnson that she was distraught over an event on the campaign trail.
“She is having nightmares because of what happened,” the therapist wrote on October 27, 2016.
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