Last year, several titleholders came forward about their time in the Miss USA Organization, which was then owned by President Donald Trump. The young women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump for entering the dressing room while the ladies were undressed. Their accusations did not hold him accountable before, so the ladies are coming forward once again.
About the accusations
Last year, former titleholders came forward in advance of the 2016 Presidential Election about experiences they had with Trump during their time with the Miss USA Organization. One former titleholder felt that her accusations had been shrugged off by the American public, so she appeared on the “Megyn Kelly Today” show this morning for a “round two” of these events. (Read: 10 Ways To Stay Safe As A Titleholder)
Samantha Holvey, a former Miss North Carolina USA, told host Megyn Kelly about her experience with Trump and said, “The first interaction with Trump is that he lined all of us up… I thought it would be a meet and greet… and it was not. It was ‘Hi,’ just looking me over like a piece of meat. I was not a human being. I didn’t have a brain. I didn’t have a personality… It left me feeling very gross.”
Holvey then described another encounter with Trump backstage on the final night of competition when he entered the backstage dressing room area. Holvey was accompanied by two other women that described interactions that they have had with Trump in other situations. Each woman detailed her experiences for the audience while Kelly asked clarifying questions. (Read: How to Prepare for a Live TV Interview)
Why come forward again?
In light of all the other survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault coming forward with their stories, the environment in America has shifted slightly on the topic of sexual misconduct. TIME magazine just named “Silence Breakers,” the women speaking out about sexual violence, as Person of the Year for their courage in talking about such a serious and pervasive issue. (Read: Former Miss Universe Confesses She Was Sexually Harassed)
The #MeToo movement flooded social media and showed millions of Americans how prevalent sexual misconduct is in our society. Since all of the stories have begun to surface, assailants are being held accountable for their inappropriate actions, and the society’s view towards the issue has changed.
“We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try to show America who this man is, and especially how he views women, and for them to say, ‘We don’t care,’ it hurt,” Holvey said. “And so, you know, now, it’s just like, all right, let’s try round two. The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”
With the changed attitudes toward the problem, these women are hoping to hold Trump accountable as well.
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