Actress Amber Tamblyn has responded to Donald Trump's offensive comments about women by sharing her own story of sexual assault.
On Friday, the Washington Post shared audio of the Republican presidential nominee from a 2005 appearance on Access Hollywood, in which he brags that he "can do anything" to women, including kiss them and "grab them by the pussy," because he's famous. Trump initially dismissed the footage as "locker room banter," an excuse he repeated during Sunday night's presidential debate.
The fact of the matter is that Trump's words condone sexual assault. It's a subject with which Amber Tamblyn, like many other women, is unfortunately all too familiar. Tamblyn says she experienced an attack similar to what Trump describes from an abusive ex-boyfriend. She shared the story on Facebook and Instagram Sunday, alongside a photo of Trump kissing 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo on the cheek.
Tamblyn explains how she encountered her assailant while attending a DJ show with her friends.
He's a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried. He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door.
Tamblyn says her friends tried to stop him, and eventually his brothers intervened. She recalls her ex-boyfriend pulling on her clothes and ripping off her grandmother's necklace, which she never returned for in the "blur" that followed the assault. She goes on to describe the physical injury he caused her.
That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he'd like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week. I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn't sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space.
"I remember the shame," she writes, adding that she is worried her parents will see the post. "But you understand, don't you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight."
Tamblyn, who recently defended Trump against body shamers, has received numerous comments of support from fans, several of whom have had similar experiences. Social media was flooded with stories over the weekend, as writer Kelly Oxford asked women to share their assaults with the hashtag #notokay. The response was overwhelming.
The stories that Tamblyn, Oxford, and so many other women have shared over the past few days serve as an important reminder of the terrible reality behind Trump's comments. The behavior he describes, and which Access Hollywood host Billy Bush so flippantly laughs off, are representative of the very real treatment endured by countless women around the world — as well as the culture that excuses it.