Women’s Show 10/13- Sexual Predation and Presidential Candidates

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By Arlene Engelhardt

I’m sure you are aware of the 2005 Donald Trump tapes that were released Friday.  If not, check them out. 

Kelly Oxford, well-known author and social media personality, had a flash-back moment and tweeted an account of a man grabbing her crotch when she was 12.  She invited her followers to submit their own sexual harassment experiences, expecting a few responses.  She figured that if no one responded she would pull it down.  To her amazement, responses came pouring in – by Monday afternoon, nearly 27 million people had responded or visited her Twitter page.

Tell me, what is your experience?  I suspect you remember it in detail, and that it is painful to be reminded of it.  Sexual predation, whether it is excused as locker room talk or whatever, is a painful ongoing reality for girls and women in this country.  Yes, I said girls.  Many of the respondents were 9, 10, 12 years old when assaulted, and they remember it in detail.  We will discuss this with Amy Richards,  activist, writer, organizer, feminist and art historian. She graduated from Barnard College.  What began as a summer project, Freedom Summer ’92, a cross-country voter registration drive, eventually led Amy to co-found the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30.  She is well known as the author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and as the voice behind Ask Amy, the online advice column she has run at feminist.com since 1995.

 If you wish to call in to the show to share a painful moment, you can do so by calling 813-239-9663 or by emailing [email protected] or texting 813-433-0885.

Toni Van Pelt will also discuss the need to strengthen Social Security and will cover where our Senate candidates stand on Social Security.  She recently spoke up at a press conference at Senator Rubio’s office calling  on Rubio to support the Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016, which would increase monthly insurance benefits for widows and widowers, and adjust the means for calculating seniors’ cost-of-living requirements.  “Women are especially vulnerable to financial insecurity during the retirement years,” Van Pelt said. “After a lifetime spent working for lower wages than men, many rely on Social Security for support. For more than 30 percent of female beneficiaries over 65, Social Security is virtually their only source of income.”

Tune into From a Woman’s POV Thursday at 10 am for more.