Anita Hill Fears America Will Still Ignore Sexual Harassment After Trump Controversy Passes
Twenty-five years ago, Anita Hill found herself testifying in front of an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, recounting how Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas allegedly harassed her. “He talked about pornographic materials. On several occasions, Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess,” Hill testified in 1991.
As history would have it, Clarence Thomas was not held accountable for his alleged harassment and became a Supreme Court Justice while Anita Hill faced several smear campaigns after their trial. So when Donald Trump’s 2005 interview with Billy Bush was leaked by The Washington Post last week, Anita Hill wasn’t the least bit surprised, but she did share how we as a society should respond to his (and other men’s) vile commentary about women’s bodies.
“Even after 25 years, this is a powerful moment. What we do next is important so this doesn’t happen again to the next generation,” Hill shared while being interviewed by CBS News.
“The focus of the conversation should be the harm that harassment causes the victims and how we’re going to prevent it,” she continued. Despite the reaction Trump has received for his “grab her by the p—-” remarks, Hill fears that the moment will pass and when the topic has been exhausted in the news, the need for change will eventually disappear too.
Do you agree with Anita Hill or will this defining moment in the Presidential election change how both men and women respond to rape culture and harassment?
Watch Anita Hill’s interview with CBS News, below.