Enough is Enough
Sexual abuse is among the most common types of violence in the United States but awareness towards prevention seems to diminish as President Trump sets the bar lower for those accused. As years pass, more than a dozen women have come forth and publicly accused President Donald J Trump of touching them in some inappropriate way. However, only one person has come forward since he took office and accused of the Republican of alleged unwanted contact during his presidential campaign.
In a newly surfaced lawsuit, Alva Johnson accuses Donald J Trump of kissing her against her will in 2016. Johnson, a mother of four, is a registered Democrat in the state of California but through her stepfather, she gained an interest in the Trump campaign. Johnson first met Trump at a November 2015 rally in Birmingham, Alabama, where according to the lawsuit report, the candidate looked her up and down while saying “oh, beautiful, beautiful, fantastic.” Nevertheless, Johnson chose to look past the comment and two months later, took a job as the campaign’s director of outreach and coalitions in Alabama. Three months before the general election, she was assigned to Florida where her primary responsibility was to manage the recreational vehicles that served as mobile campaign offices. According to the report, it was one afternoon in Tampa when Johnson brought volunteers into the RV to take pictures with the candidate and where she noticed he was attempting to establish eye contact with her. While exiting the bus, Johnson praised Trump for how well his campaign was going to which preceded to grasp her hand, thank her for her work and lean in. Terrified, Johnson turned her head to evade the kiss and was kissed on the corner of her mouth while Trump still held her hand. Humiliated, she stood there and watched as Trump walked out without saying a single word. According to Johnson, Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, and Karen Giorno, director of the Florida campaign, both spectated the abuse. After seeing what had happened, Bondi supposedly smiled at Johnson while Giorno grabbed her elbow and tugged at it. Nonetheless, both Bondi and Giorno claimed to have not witnessed the abuse and denied acting the way Johnson described.
Despite the incident, Johnson continued working for Trump even after she was offered a spot in the campaign headquarters in New York. Six weeks after the alleged kiss a videotape of Trump boasting about his sexual aggression to an ”Access Hollywood” host arose. In the video, he said “you know I’m attracted to beautiful – I start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” Johnson said that as a result of watching the video not only did she feel stunned but she also felt “sick to her stomach.“
Three weeks before the election, Alva Johnson quit. Johnson desperate for justice sought the help of sexual abuse victim attorney, Adam Horowitz, who believed her allegations but did not take the case for business reasons. But Horowitz gave Johnson the name of a therapist to help her through her trauma. Therapist Lisheyna Hurvitz mentioned that Johnson was distraught and having constant nightmares as a result of the incident.
Without a shadow of doubt, being a victim of sexual is traumatic. And for that reason, Hassan A Zavareei, Alba Johnson’s attorney, says that Johnson is a “strong woman” who “feels it as a duty that she can’t remain silent.” Johnson feels responsible for putting a “sexual predator” in the white house, and now she is doing everything in her power to make things right and not allow him to victimize more women.