“The struggle to be believed is a longstanding barrier for sexual assault victims.
‘That’s the battle they face every time they come forward,’ said retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, once the service’s chief prosecutor and now president of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military assault and sexual assault victims. ‘Over my 27 years that I’ve been doing this, one of the common refrains that you hear is the perpetrator tells the victim after he’s finished that no one will believe you. And unfortunately, they have people like President Trump reinforcing that.'”
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