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After Donald Trump was elected president, many worried that, among other things, his presidency gave tacit approval to his comments about groping women. If a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and has been caught on video talking about committing sexual assault can be elected president, it’s safe to say many voters (though not a majority) don’t take sexual assault seriously.
Connecticut politician Chris von Keyserling seems to be one of them. The longtime Greenwich Representative Town Meeting board member was arrested last week after groping a female employee’s genitals, before which he told her, “I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct.” When she confronted him about it, he responded, “It would be your word against mine and nobody will believe you,” according to the police warrant.
Von Keyserling was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, meaning these actions do still have consequences. But it’s not hard to imagine more men will take this new administration as “permission” to do similar things.
H/T Raw Story
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'