“We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and recommitting ourselves to fighting it,” the commander-in-chief said in a statement released by the White House Friday. “Women, children, and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated … My Administration, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, will do everything in its power to protect women, children, and men from sexual violence.”
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Trump has repeatedly denied previous sexual assault allegations. Multiple women spoke out against Trump, claiming they were involved in incidents of assault or misconduct at the hands of the then-real estate mogul.
In October 2016, footage surfaced of Trump and Billy Bush making lewd comments about women in 2005. The Washington Post published a video that captured Trump making sexual comments alongside Bush about Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker on board an Access Hollywood bus. Trump can be heard describing a failed attempt to have sex with O’Dell on the tape that was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania, in January 2005, the Post reported.
Every April, starting with President Obama in 2009, has been proclaimed National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.