The #MeToo campaign has a lot of skeletons coming out of the closet. After demoted film executive Harvey Weinstein was outed by scores of women for sexually assaulting them, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women on social media to share if they too have been victims of sexual abuse by posting #MeToo.
The response has been overwhelming, with thousands of women (and men) sharing that they have been sexually abused. The movement is causing skeletons to come out of the closet, though many have criticized the movement for not naming the names of the predators, thus allowing the victimization to continue.
But one actress, Heather Lind, is naming names, specifically that of a former president, shares E Online. Lind claims that George H.W. Bush sexually assaulted her 4 years ago at an event.
Lind shared a picture on social media of several ex-presidents meeting together for hurricane relief and began, "I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo."
"When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side," Lind continued.
Lind then claims, "He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say 'not again'. His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President."
It's not unusual for public figures to be accused of sexual harassment, and often it can be for publicity. But Jim McGrath, the spokesperson for the former president, gave a response that almost sounds like admission. He said, "President Bush would never—under any circumstance—intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind."
In her statement, Lind went on to say, "It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really."
"I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character," she continued.
Lind finished her post, "My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo."
What do you think of Lind's accusation and the ex-president's statement in response? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you! Megan Kelly is another woman who has chimed in on #MeToo and implicated another major news personality for sexual harassment.