The story of two women who told The New York Times they were touched inappropriately by Donald Trump did not surprise me.
We heard him admit to behaviour like this in a leaked recording from 2005 where he bragged “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I don’t even wait.” He told television presenter Billy Bush that “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
It was only a matter of time before words became actions.
I wasn’t surprised by Jessica Leeds’ story of being allegedly assaulted by Trump on a plane, or Rachel Crooks’ accusations of being kissed on the mouth by Trump at her workplace when she was 22.
I also wasn’t surprised at the cynicism, no, abuse and disbelief, that followed The New York Times article about Leeds and Crooks. The two women who spoke out about Trump now have their own hashtag, #nextfaketrumpvictim. Get it? They’re liars and so to is any other woman who comes forward about Trump.
Even though The New York Times is one of the most reputable publications in the World.
Even though Trump was caught on tape admitting to "grabbing girls by the pussy" and "moving onto that bitch" who also happened to be married.
Even though he rates women on a scale of one to 10, and has affirmed his own daughter as "a piece of ass".
Let's get some things straight:
If you think this reaction is about politics, you're wrong
In 2004, Andrea Constand filed charges against US actor and comedienne Bill Cosby. She said she went to his apartment, where he offered her pills that he said were "herbal medicine". She began to feel weak and disoriented. He directed her to the sofa where he "touched her breasts, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her."
Barbara Bowman also came forward. She said that when she was 19, an aspiring actress, Cosby was her "mentor" and that he "forced himself multiple times upon me". That she woke up once, slumped over a toilet bowl, wearing only a man's white tee-shirt and her underwear.
In total 13 women came forward to testify against Cosby. At the time Cosby admitted to drugging women he wanted to have sex with, telling police that he gave Constand wine and Benadryl before having sex with her.
Nothing happened. He was the family man. The caring, good-natured, icon.
13 rape victims weren't strong enough to undo that reputation.
His admission to drugging women to have sex with them wasn't enough either.
Cosby didn't see a courtroom until earlier this year, 12 years after Constand pressed charges.
If you think victim blaming only happens when the perpetrator is a celebrity, you're wrong
When Stanford University student Brock Turner was taken to court this year for raping a 22-year-old woman passed out next to a dumpster, the discussion turned to alcohol. Not to rape.
“And you did a lot of partying in college, right?” the woman, who woke up on a hospital gurney with blood on her elbows and missing underwear, was asked by lawyers. "When you drank the quantity of vodka in the red cup. You drank it all down at once, right? Like, chugged it. And that was a decision you made, right?" She found pine needles in her hair. She was discovered by witnesses unconscious behind a dumpster. He'd penetrated her with a foreign object. But the questions were about her drinking alcohol.