Citing the ongoing controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s “misogyny” and “sexual violence,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed Wednesday on Twitter that she had been sexually abused as a child.
1/5 girls are victims of child sex abuse.— Melissa MarkViverito (@MMViverito) October 13, 2016
I'm that 1/5.
Trump's misogyny & sexual violence has re-opened wounds I've tried to heal. #Basta
“#NoMoreSilence I am empowered. And strong. #FearMe,” Mark-Viverito wrote in a second tweet.
An outpouring of support ensued, with one user saying the speaker “is not alone. Many of us suffer quietly,” while another thanked her “for standing up for women and girls.”
Another fellow victim wrote:
Another statistic here working on healing. The last thing I want to imagine is someone who acts like my abuser holding political office https://t.co/GsvCuKXiZY— Anxious Anni™ (@anni_clark) October 13, 2016
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Even those who do not support Mark-Viverito politically rallied around her, with a Brooklyn resident tweeting:
I'm opposed to everything you stand for politically. But I will stand with you on this.— JayfromBrooklyn (@TBCJay) October 13, 2016
Thank you for speaking out. https://t.co/0tkJ7ZZndl
The tweets from Mark-Viverito, who has helped promote April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city, came on the heels of new allegations that the Republican presidential candidate inappropriately touched two more women.
“He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere,” one of the women, Jessica Leeds, told The New York Times. Leeds, 74, alleges that Trump touched her breasts and tried to put his hands up her skirt when she was seated next to him in first class on a flight 30 years ago.
Rachel Crooks alleges that Trump kissed her “directly on the mouth” in 2005 when she met him near the Trump Tower elevators as a 22-year-old receptionist for a real estate company located in the building.
“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” Crooks told the Times.
Trump grew “highly agitated” when the Times reached out about the allegations and called the reporter a “disgusting human being," the Times wrote.
He tweeted Thursday that the Times story was “a total fabrication.”