Rape Survivor Ashley Judd Explains Why Trump Triggers So Many Sexual Assault Survivors

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Just hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in, actor and activist Ashley Judd ― a three-time rape survivor ― sat in a crowded room at the Press Club building in Washington D.C. and gave voice to thousands of women across the country who have been triggered by Trump’s rise.

“It remains for me the worst thing that’s ever happened to me in my lifetime,” Judd said in a conversation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) at Watch Us Run, HuffPost Women’s inauguration day event.

“Raped as a child, bad,” Judd said. “Re-raped by a political system that ordains a clown, really bad.”

In a moving, at times tearful exchange, Judd ― who was wearing a knit pussy cap ― described how she has grappled with family members, particularly male family members, who voted for Trump.

“I’m a rape survivor and a survivor of incest and I lived alone for two years as a child in two different states,” Judd told the rapt audience.

“The fact that there were adult men in my family who failed to protect me as a child [and] voted for him was really re-traumatizing,” she said.

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