Elizabeth Smart On ‘Locker Room Banter’: ‘There’s No Justifying It -- Ever'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Advocate Elizabeth Smart has no patience for the idea that bragging about sexual assault is just “locker room banter.”
In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, the 28-year-old explained why what Trump and his supporters brush off as “locker room banter” is actually damaging to survivors of sexual assault.
Smart said it’s comments like Trump’s that perpetuate rape culture.
“The worst part about it is listening to people trying to belittle it, just saying, ‘Well, it’s locker-room talk, it’s locker-room banter,’” she told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Anyone belittling sexual violence, sexual abuse, they’re doing a huge disservice to victims of violent crimes, violent sexual abuse. There’s no justifying it — ever.”
In a recently leaked hot mic video, the Republican presidential nominee can be heard saying that he just “starts kissing” women without their consent and even “grab[s] them by the pussy,” because “you can do anything” when you’re a star.
Smart told SLT that peopl
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