NBC legal analyst, Lisa Bloom, makes a compelling argument as to why the MSM should not ignore the recent child rape case filed by “Jane Doe” against Donald Trump.
Jane Doe reports she was raped more than once by Donald Trump when she was 13 years old. The entire piece is worth a read because it cites other rape cases filed against Trump (link below).
However, in this diary I want to focus on the recent Jane Doe case because, as Bloom points out: “It is exceedingly rare for a sexual assault victim to have a witness.”
Two unusual documents are attached to Jane Doe’s complaints - sworn declarations attesting to the facts. The first is from Jane Doe herself, telling her horrific story, including the allegation that Jeffrey Epstein also raped her and threatened her into silence, and this stunner:
Defendant Epstein then attempted to strike me about the head with his closed fists while he angrily screamed at me that he, Defendant Epstein, should have been the one who took my virginity, not Defendant Trump . . .
And this one:
Defendant Trump stated that I shouldn’t ever say anything if I didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that I had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having my whole family killed.
The second declaration is even more astonishing, because it is signed by “Tiffany Doe”, Mr. Epstein’s “party planner” from 1991-2000. Tiffany Doe says that her duties were “to get attractive adolescent women to attend these parties.” (Adolescents are, legally, children.)
Tiffany Doe says that she recruited Jane Doe at the Port Authority in New York, persuaded her to attend Mr. Epstein’s parties, and actually witnessed the sexual assaults on Jane Doe:
I personally witnessed the Plaintiff being forced to perform various sexual acts with Donald J. Trump and Mr. Epstein. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein were advised that she was 13 years old.
It is exceedingly rare for a sexual assault victim to have a witness. But Tiffany Doe says:
I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.
Tiffany Doe corroborates, based on her own personal observations, just about everything in Jane Doe’s complaint: that twelve year old Maria was involved in a sex act with Mr. Trump, that Mr. Trump threatened the life of Jane Doe if she ever revealed what happened, and that she would “disappear” like Maria if she did.
Tiffany Doe herself says that she is in mortal fear of Mr. Trump to this day:
I am coming forward to swear to the truthfulness of the physical and sexual abuse that I personally witnessed of minor females at the hands of Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein . . . I swear to these facts under the penalty for perjury even though I fully understand that the life of myself and my family is now in grave danger.
In relation to why the media is avoiding this story, Lisa Bloom is fair handed. But I don’t think the MSM deserves a fair shake. In my opinion, the media wants to keep Trump viable to create a high-tension, general election horse race and anything that threatens Trump’s viability is ignored.
Lastly. since Trump was a pal of convicted child rapist, Jeffrey Epstein, it's not a stretch to think Trump is one too. Like my dearly departed Mom used to say, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.”
Do I believe Jane Doe and Tiffany Doe are telling the truth? Absolutely — yes.
A couple of people commented about the timing of this rape allegation being suspicious.
In another article, Jane Doe, now in her 30s, said it was constantly seeing Trump on TV, and the possibility of him becoming president, that led to her decision to finally end her silence. I find this a plausible reason.
In the Bill Cosby case, many women waited decades before stepping forward. And they were adults at the time of their assaults.
Now, consider that Jane Doe was 13 at the time and threatened with harm, possibly death, by powerful adult men. What are the odds a child of this age would run to police?
There’s another reason I find the accusations of Jane Doe, and her witness, Tiffany Doe, plausible – because I was sexually assaulted at 18 and never reported it.
Why? For some of the reasons stated in this report:
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that the majority of rapes and sexual assaults perpetrated against women and girls in the United States between 1992 and 2000 were not reported to the police. Only 36 percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported. Reasons for not reporting assault vary among individuals, but one study identified the following as common:
- Self-blame or guilt.
- Shame, embarrassment, or desire to keep the assault a private matter.
- Humiliation or fear of the perpetrator or other individual's perceptions.
- Fear of not being believed or of being accused of playing a role in the crime.
- Lack of trust in the criminal justice system.
I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve chastised myself for not reporting my attack. Because the circumstances of my assault convinced me he had done this before and would likely do the same to other girls. I still think about women I may have saved if I had reported it.
Looking back, I would say to my 18 year old self, “You did nothing wrong.” I spent an hour having coffee with the guy because, ironically, I thought it would be a safe first date. It was 7 pm in the evening, in the diner parking lot, next to an elevated subway train in Queens, NY. So close that, while he was pinning me down in the front seat of his car, holding both of my wrists with one hand, I could see people coming down the train steps headed home from work.
While having coffee, I didn’t touch the guy. I didn’t kiss the guy. And I was evasive when he mentioned seeing me again because I’d decided he wasn’t my type after 15 the first minutes.
Since it was winter, I wasn’t dressed in a way someone could say I was asking for it. I was bundled up in a heavy coat, with a bulky sweater underneath and, under the sweater, a once-piece leotard.
The leotard saved me from penetration. While he struggled to find a way to pull it off with one hand, his other hand loosened his grip on my wrists. I was able to break free, scratching his face with both of my hands, and open the car door. As I headed back to the diner, stone faced, dry eyed, I zipped up my pants and pulled my coat tight around me, then I walked inside and called a cab. Not the police. A cab.
I was an 18 year old college student, a budding feminist, with a supportive family (my dad, though deceased three years before this happened, had been an NYPD officer, and I understood the law), yet it took me 10 years before I told anyone what had happened.
Why? I felt ashamed. I felt stupid. I felt like it was my fault for somehow not knowing he would do this to me. And I didn’t want anyone to know.
So, do I find it understandable that a woman would remain silent for 20-plus years about a rape she suffered as a powerless 13 years old? Absolutely.
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