Last week, Karrie Higgins (whose work we’ve highlighted before) published an essay so controversial, the Huffington Post took it down and deleted her contributor account within hours of it going live. I was lucky enough to read the essay before it was taken down and knew it needed to be shared. Thankfully the editor of Full Grown People picked up Higgins’ essay after it’s mysterious disappearance, and it went live again just the next day.
Higgins’ essay, originally titled “Donald Trump confessed to sexual assault on tape and so did my brother, and here is what I know: a tape doesn’t change a goddamned thing,” is a devastating and necessary account of the reality so many women face regarding sexual assault, why it is under reported, and why so may male assailants roam free.
As she states:
When Access Hollywood leaked a recording of Donald Trump bragging about “grabbing women by the pussy,” I felt the same empty relief I get after a good puke. Finally, a misogynist with a history of violence and rape accusations would be unmasked for the predator he is. And yet, I knew deep down: a tape doesn’t change a goddamned thing.
The humiliation of a man accused is always more important than the trauma of a woman assaulted.
The presidential election and my abuse collapse into the same event.
Higgins masterfully weaves the accounts of Trump’s victims with her own testimony against the many men who have assaulted her–her rapist brother, a neighborhood boy, and the beloved (yet brutal) schoolteacher who grabbed her pussy–all with audio recordings, scans of transcripts and documents, videos, and tweets as evidence embedded in the telling.
Read the full multimodal essay here.