U.S. Democratic congresswoman, who’s also a sexual assault survivor Ayanna Pressley reveals her intentions to start what she called an “uncomfortable” national conversation about sexual harassment and abuse.
However, she has advised her party’s presidential candidate Joe Biden to engage more actively in this dialogue. Tara Reade has accused Joe Biden of sexual abuse while detailing that Biden pinned her against a wall in 1993, sneaked his finger inside her private part. But Joe Biden of Friday said Reade’s allegations were “unequivocally” untrue.
In a Medium blog post published on Tuesday, Ayanna Pressley, who was elected in 2018 as Massachusetts’ first Black congresswoman, opined that Reade’s accusations needed to be heard instead of being neglected.
“Our assumptions and our starting points” for conversations about sexual violence have to change in America and “the allegations against Joe Biden are no exception,” Ayanna Pressley wrote.
“Listening to the stories of those who step forward is the baseline. We say ‘believe survivors’ because, for nearly all of history, the experiences of survivors have been dismissed and derided by a society steeped in misogyny and hatred. We advocate that we begin with assumptions of credibility and move to due process and reconciliation,” she clearly stated.
Ayanna Pressley who supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president revealed that she’s been advised to stop the push on the allegations against Trump’s major contender considering the weight of the November presidential election.
“We are in the throes of an election of the greatest consequence — one that will determine if core rights and tenets of democracy survive in this nation. The stakes cannot be overstated. But I have no patience for any person who tells me that is a reason to lower my voice. I reject the false choice that my party and our nominee can’t address the allegations at hand and defeat the occupant of the White House,” Pressley wrote.
Pressley also said the Biden political campaign has an opportunity to help change the way conversations around sexual violence are had in this country.
″For those who do … seek to reframe our conversations and work in pursuit of justice, we are required to raise our hands and our voices. It will take discipline and courage, but survivors and marginalized people from all walks of life are watching, wondering if — this time — the conversation might actually change,” she wrote.
“So I’m here to ask the Biden campaign and the nominee to give a response that models the empathy, diligence, and acknowledgment of broken systems that this conversation demands.
“I’m asking for a true partnership with survivors and advocates, and for policy commitments that get us closer as a nation to reconciling our history of structural violence and oppression,” Ayanna Pressley added.