Let’s be clear about the question of which side are you on:
Are you on the side of sexual predators and those who enable the abuse?
Are you on the side of the survivors and victims?
Five minutes in any online comments section of news media, social media posts, or message boards demands a partisan slant on the Jeffrey Epstein case: What about the Clintons vs What about Trump being buddies with him? Cue the conspiracy theories while I grab a tinfoil hat. Folks are eager to camp out with THEIR camp and make this a partisan issue.
When it’s not.
Sexual assault, predators, and the system that continues to elevate their status and needs above survivors is one side, and the side of SURVIVORS, or victims we’ve lost to sexual assault, is the other.
As America begins to evolve on how we talk about and seek justice for survivors, we must eschew partisan politics and believe survivors. We must refuse the side of the predators and the system that enables them.
???FOR FUCK’S SAKE??? https://t.co/ZRScD4XJUm
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 10, 2019
As more court documents come out, we will learn more about the elite and powerful people Epstein hung out with and who either participated IN or ENABLED his sex trafficking of children. Is there a chance that former president Bill Clinton falls into one of these categories? Sure. And he should face justice. Is there a chance current president Donald Trump falls into one or both of these categories? Sure. And he should face justice. It does not matter what political party someone belongs to, or how well-connected they are: they should face justice and appropriate consequences.
Our justice system is still beholden to powerful interests and powerful people. Money and influence sway our legal and justice system — and even Montana Legislators are scared to challenge the powerful system in favor of what’s best and right for survivors. It’s time to start steering the conversation toward Justice, not about whether one of our team’s rock stars is involved. Retreating inside our respective castles of Clinton or Trump only succeeds in freezing out the survivors and supporting a system that continues to favor sexual predators. Those castles support and provide protection to abusers; a partisan distraction that allows the enablers and powerful to carry on while we bicker.
Today – make the promise that no matter who goes down in the Epstein case, you are on the side of survivors.
Clinton, Trump, Governors, Senators, police, movie stars; no matter how rich, no matter how powerful — YOU ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE SURVIVOR.
Use your voice to let survivors in your spheres (known or unknown) hear and see that you are not hunkering down in your partisan castle protecting an elite or powerful man. Let them know that you support JUSTICE for them; for all survivors. And hopefully, after enough of us take a stand and raise our voices, we will begin to erode the system that enables these predators and we will shine a light on the scourge of child sexual abuse.
Because it’s the right thing to do, and the children are watching.