The Hillary Clinton campaign reportedly deleted a statement from its website that victims of campus sexual assault have “the right to be believed.”
Quoting Hillary Clinton in September 2015, the website apparently originally read “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you,” according to The Hill and many other news outlets.
The last sentence no longer appears on the website of the Democratic presidential nominee, who has positioned herself as a champion of women’s rights.
The language in question is still included in Hillary Clinton’s video message to sexual assault survivors, however, that appears on the same page.
The website revision may have been made sometime after a rape allegation against Bill Clinton by Juanita Broaddrick again surfaced.
In a January 2016 tweet that gain a lot of traction, Juanita Broaddrick declared that “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.”
Broaddrick claimed that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in a Little Rock hotel room while he was running for governor of the state, an allegation strongly denied by the ex-president’s lawyer. Clinton originally met her at a campaign stop (she was a volunteer) and invited her to drop in to his campaign office when she was in town.
Clinton removed the words "have the right to be believed" from her campaign page about sexual assault - https://t.co/fTVR1vhUoe— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) August 15, 2016
During a December 2015 campaign event when she was asked about the Juanita Broaddrick allegation, and allegations from other women about her husband’s purported sexually aggressive behavior, Hillary Clinton said, “Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.”
Hillary Clinton foes have also accused her of trying to discredit and intimidate women from going public about allegations against her husband, the 42nd president of the U.S.
The revelation about the website edit/scrubbing emerged in a BuzzFeed interview with Juanita Broaddrick that was published on August 14.
“In February, shortly after Broaddrick’s viral tweet made headlines, the line ‘you have the right to be believed’ was cut from the text. A video of the full remarks, that line included, is currently on the page. The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the change.”
HRC Removes a Pledge That Sexual Assault Victims "Have the Right to be Believed" From Campaign Website due to Billhttps://t.co/WQkvY5teFe— 99-Percenter (@mindliberator) August 15, 2016
“It’s important for everyone to know that Hillary Clinton is not innocent in all of the coverup and the attempted attacks on all of the women that Bill Clinton abused,” Broaddrick declared in a May radio interview, according to the New York Post.
Separately, an Arkansas woman who was raped at age 12 has again questioned the role in the case of then-attorney Hillary Clinton, who defended the 41-year-old suspect. “‘I don’t think [Clinton’s] for women or girls. I think she’s lying, I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win. If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old,'” the woman asserted to the Daily Mail.
“[The suspect] pleaded down to ‘unlawful fondling of a minor’ and served less than a year in prison after Clinton was able to block the admission of forensic evidence that linked her client to the crime,” the Daily Mail added.
She also reportedly sought to discredit the victim in court affidavits.
Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. https://t.co/mkD69RHeBL— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2015
In 2014, audio tapes, unearthed from a University of Arkansas archive of Hillary Clinton speaking to a journalist with a southern accent, seemingly depicted her bragging and laughing about how the case was resolved via plea bargain for her client.
“On the audiotape, Clinton indicated that she believed… her client, was guilty, saying that his ability to pass a lie detector test ‘forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,'” the Daily Mail noted
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