The 26th Woman to Accuse Donald Trump of Sexual Assault Deserves Just as Much Attention as the First

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A 26th woman has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Former model Amy Dorris’s story is remarkably similar to those of other women, like Cathy Heller, Natasha Stroynoff, Summer Zervos, Karen Johnson, and E. Jean Carroll, who have made credible allegations against the current president. It’s a similar story to one Trump described himself if the infamous Billy Bush Tapes.

, like Cathy Heller, Natasha Stroynoff, Summer Zervos, Karen Johnson, and E. Jean Carroll,
who have made credible allegations against the current president.
It’s
one Trump described himself if the infamous Billy Bush Tapes.
All these women say that Trump, as he said on tape,
“just start[ed] kissing them”
without consent
and then forcibly groped their genitalia, exactly like he said he has groped other women. But these allegations have never seemed to damage Donald Trump’s reputation, either because his fans don’t believe the
stories of the women who have spoken out
or because they do believe them and just don’t care. The
Guardian presented Dorris’s story as an important investigation, a brave moment of a woman speaking truth to power, as it should be. But the American public has become
so inured of the reports of sexual assault
that surfaced regularly during his last campaign and throughout his presidency
, it’s hard to imagine yet another troubling story swaying the outcome of the election.
Dorris says she was 24 in 1999 when she accompanied luxury fashion and lifestyle magnate Jason Binn, her
then-
boyfriend to New York City. At the time, Binn described Trump as his “best friend,”
and they planned to
watch the U.S. Open from Trump’s private box. Photographs from the trip show Dorris smiling alongside celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Combs, Lenny Kravitz, and in one Donald Trump clutches Dorris’s waist right in front of the room partition in the VIP box she says he later assaulted her behind after she went to the restroom:
“‘He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off,’ Dorris
the
Guardian
.

‘And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything. I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,’ she said, adding: “I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat. But I pushed it out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.’”
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The story is very similar to the way writer E. Jean Carroll
describes her alleged assault, which she says happened
in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City a few years
earlier: She says he
her against a wall, forcibly kissing and groping her.
The only difference is that
Carroll says she was unable to shove
Trump off in time and alleges that he raped her in that dressing room.
And though Trump has
described on tape similar interactions with women–
forcible

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