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October 13, 2016

Anita Hill responds to Donald Trump tape

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Anita Hill (center) appears on PBS NewsHour with Mike Wise of ESPN's The Undefeated (left) and author Kelly Oxford (right).

Twenty-five years after her landmark testimony in Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Anita Hill remains vigilant on supporting victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Three days after the now-famous footage of Donald Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women went public, Hill published an op-ed in The Boston Globe titled "What we can still learn from sexual harassment." Hill admonishes Trump's language and his "locker room talk" defense in no uncertain terms, and also encourages readers to consider the impact his behavior had on the women he victimized.

She writes: "At virtually every dinner table this weekend, people talked about what should happen to Donald Trump’s political ambitions. But little consideration was given to what impact the brutish behavior he claimed to have had on the women he victimized. How many of them talked about Arianne Zucker, the young woman in the leaked video who Bush cajoled into hugging the same two men who had just joked about forcibly kissing her? Did she know she was the butt of a sexual gag? Or did we wonder what happened to Nancy O’Dell, the woman who rejected Trump’s advances?"

Hill then appeared on CBS Evening News, encouraging viewers to re-focus the national conversation on sexual harassment to the harm it causes victims and the ways we can prevent it. Later that day, Hill spoke on PBS NewsHour in a lengthy conversation that included Kelly Oxford, the author whose Twitter campaign encouraging women to share stories of sexual assault launched millions of tweets and the viral hashtag #notokay. 

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