Trump’s sexual assault verdict marks a rare moment of accountability. And women are noticing

Former President Donald Trump’s legal troubles related to sexual assault allegations have taken a significant turn with a civil trial jury finding him guilty of defamation and sexual assault. While the verdict is not a criminal one, it marks a rare moment of accountability for Trump and his actions toward women.

E. Jean Carroll, a former magazine columnist, accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room at a luxury New York City department store in the mid-1990s. Trump denied the allegations, saying he didn’t know Carroll, despite a photo showing them together. He also publicly disparaged Carroll, claiming she was lying and not his type.

Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in 2019, which the Justice Department attempted to dismiss, claiming that Trump’s remarks were made while he was acting in his official capacity as president. However, the court ruled that Trump’s comments were not official acts and that the case could proceed.

During the trial, Carroll’s legal team presented a wealth of evidence, including the photo of Carroll and Trump, testimony from friends who corroborated her account, and even an excerpt from Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” in which he boasted about grabbing women by their genitals without consent.

After just a few hours of deliberation, the jury found Trump guilty of both defamation and assault. The verdict is significant, not only because it holds Trump accountable for his actions, but also because it sends a message to other victims of sexual assault that they can come forward and have their voices heard.

Women’s advocacy groups and survivors of sexual assault have praised the verdict, saying that it represents a step toward justice and accountability for those who have been victimized by powerful men. Many also hope that the case will encourage other survivors to come forward and speak out about their own experiences.

However, Trump’s legal team has already announced their intention to appeal the verdict, and it remains to be seen whether the decision will hold up in court. Nevertheless, the fact that a jury found Trump guilty of defamation and sexual assault is a significant moment in the #MeToo movement and a step toward holding powerful men accountable for their actions.

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