This Week in Women: The Trump Clap Back
At this point, we don’t know how many times we’ve said: women deal with a lot of terrible things—from online harassment to sexual assault—and it’s not easy. But here’s some good news: this week was full of ladies fighting back against social ills (and Donald Trump, which we guess can also be considered a social ill). Welcome to this week in women: the bitches get stuff done edition!
Clinton Calls Out The Alt-Right
During a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, Hillary Clinton took the firmest stand against Donald Trump to date. Clinton (and others) have spent months tiptoeing around the fact that Trump is spouting racist rhetoric and openly courting white supremacists—but on Thursday, they made it clear.
“Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election,” Clinton said. And she didn’t stop there: “It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for President of the United States. From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.”
She also called out Trump’s recent horrific attempt at courting black voters, which included a lengthy description of everything Trump thought was wrong with black America—and in which he asked black voters, “What do you have to lose?”
Most shockingly, Clinton acknowledged Trump’s support of the “alt-right,” a far-right fringe group that is responsible for much of his success (as well as for bringing the word “cuck” into political discourse and for the racist, often anti-Semitic memes floating around online).
Trump’s response? He called Clinton a bigot, of course.
California Strikes Down Statute of Limitations For Rape
California’s state assembly unanimously voted to strike down the state’s statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes, which will hopefully bring justice to hundreds of rape survivors.
The state’s statute of limitations is currently ten years, but can be extended if DNA evidence is found after the ten-year window. Although this seems like enough time, many survivors don’t initially feel comfortable reporting their rapes or talking to police—some only feel okay doing so after years have passed.
According to the Race, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 97 percent of rapists don’t spend a single day behind bars.
“Currently, California has no time limit on prosecuting murder or the embezzlement of public money,” Ivy Bottini and Caroline Heldman, co-chairs of the End Rape Statute of Limitations Campaign said in a press release. “Surely rape should be treated as seriously as embezzlement.”
The stigmas surrounding sexual assault, as well as pervasive rape culture and countless instances of rapists not being punished for their crimes, surely contributes to this hesitancy to report. The bill is now being passed on to the State Senate—if it passes there, it will be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
Leslie Jones’ Website Gets Hacked
Leslie Jones’ website, JustLeslie.com, was taken down after hackers posted personal information—including photos of her driver’s license and passport—nude photos, and racist videos comparing the actress to Harambe, the infamous gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year.
This is the latest incident in a series of targeted racist, sexist attacks on Jones which began shortly after the premiere of Ghostbusters, in which Jones stars, alongside Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristin Wiig. Although Jones’ costars (and the film’s director, Paul Feig) have also been harassed online, none have received the level of vitriol that Jones, the only black cast member, has.
What's happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, "comedians," whoever the fuck you all are, you're just sad.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
Shortly after the site was taken down, #IStandWithLeslie began trending on Twitter. Jones has received support from various celebrities, including her Saturday Night Live co-star Taran Killam, Janelle Monae, activist DeRay McKesson, and even Hillary Clinton.
Although some are dismissing the hack as mere trolling, the government is taking it seriously—as of Thursday, Homeland Security began investigating the hack.
“ICE Homeland Security Investigations in New York does currently have an open investigation,” a Homeland Security spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.
Image via Digital Trends.
Stay tuned to Milk for more This Week in Women and check out our previous installments here.