This week has been very difficult for women who have had experiences with sexual assault. On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin got choked up talking about it in her extremely powerful closing monologue.
On Friday CNN Newsroom‘s Brooke Baldwin gave an emotional closing monologue on sexual assault.
“For so many, this story has reopened deep, painful wounds. During this hearing C-SPAN said callers flooded its talk lines to share their own stories of sexual assault.”
“This matters. Listening to Professor Ford speak about her desires for a second front door to her home and the rational need for escape many years later, the pain for her and millions of men and women is deeply scarring. This matters. According to the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and incredibly only six out of everyone one thousand rapists will end up in prison.”
“We all have our stories,” Baldwin said, as her eyes became glassy with tears. “The spiked drink. Waking up on the cold tiles of a hotel bathroom floor. The uncertainty. The shame. The thought I must have somehow brought this on myself. The silence, distrust, and invalidation. This is a pivotal moment in America for all of us.”
“This matters. This moment is bigger than politics, it’s about mothers and fathers raising boys to become men. What good comes of all of this? What are we going to learn? It’s a generational opportunity to better ourselves and how we relate to each other as women and men. This matters the most.”
Baldwin didn’t specifically say that she was talking about her own personal story. But it certainly seemed that she was talking about herself.
My personal essay on why I want to mark this pivotal moment in American history… of talking about sexual assault. #CNN pic.twitter.com/tdtioBBahe
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) September 28, 2018
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