18 Sep, 2020 08:30 am

Amy Dorris praised for coming forward with Trump assault allegation

A prominent American former magazine columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s has joined a chorus of voices supporting the latest woman to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting her, Amy Dorris. Dorris, a former model and actor, said in a Guardian interview published on Thursday that Trump had forced his tongue down her throat and groped her at the 1997 US Open. “I feel sick, violated – it makes me sick,” Dorris told the...

Dorris became the 25th woman to make accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump, ranging from harassment to sexual assault and rape.Related: Donald Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris But E Jean Carroll, a writer and longtime columnist for Elle magazine who has accused Trump of rape and defamation, said Dorris had added to the voices of dozens of women whose descriptions of sexual misconduct by Trump bear striking similarities.Photograph: Craig Ruttle/AP p Sara Ziff, the founder and director of the Model Alliance labor rights organization, which advocates on behalf of victims of sexual assault, gave “kudos” to Dorris for stepping forward, while Don Beyer, a Democratic representative from Virginia, flagged “a new, credible allegation” of sexual assault by Trump.But they landed just six months after the president made a proclamation to mark National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

“No person should ever have to endure the anguish and indignity of sexual assault,” the proclamation said.During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting survivors of sexual assault, encouraging strong criminal justice responses to these crimes, and ending the scourge of sexual violence in our homes and communities.

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