America is currently in the midst of a social revolution in which the nation will no longer allow sexual abusers and harassers to hide behind their positions of power.
For far too long, victims of serial rapist, abusers, and harassers have lived in dear of retaliation both by society and by their often powerful attackers. Nowhere has this unfortunate reality been more prevalent than in the worlds of entertainment and politics.
For years, those close to former President Bill Clinton described a series of sexual assaults by the politician, none of which have ever resulted in an indictment for “Bubba”. The closest that Clinton ever came to being in any sort of hot water was during the consensual sexual controversy between he and Monica Lewinsky that ended with Bill Clinton being impeached but not removed from office.
Now, with enormously high profile abusers finally being called to the carpet in Hollywood, including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and award winning actor Kevin Spacey, a new door has opened for the victims of these terrible men to come forward and be heard.
The latest attacker to be outed by the public is none other than Reverend Jesse Jackson.
“Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has been accused of sexual harassment by a journalist who says the Chicago community leader grabbed her thigh while making a crude comment.
“Writer Danielle Young, in an article for ‘The Root,’ accused Jackson of making the ‘unwanted’ advance and comment during a photo-op after a media event.
“‘I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me,’ Young wrote. ‘His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze.’
“The post included several photos of the encounter in which Young writes ‘don’t let the smile fool you. I’m cringing on the inside.'”
Jackson’s representatives have responded to the incident in an incredibly sterile manner, claiming that Jackson doesn’t recall the incident, but he’s “sorry” all the same.
This isn’t Rev. Jackson’s first incident of alleged harassment either. In 2010, the famous television personality and civil rights pundit was accused of propositioning a gay male staffer who was currently on the Reverend’s payroll. Those allegations were wholeheartedly denied by Jackson.