“Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she told colleagues. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.”
Sometimes I get caught up in thinking about how ignorant and triggering the things Republican men say in defense of their anti-women actions, but I forget that for many women in Congress, every day is another opportunity to be reminded of a personal experience her male colleagues will never understand, but feel is their responsibility to judge. I can’t imagine the horror of having to sit through a debate that is so relevant to my personal experience and listen to people pretend that they know better.
UPDATE in the Daily Beast:
“It is very frightening to see a resurgence of the old mores, or lack thereof, regarding women’s rights to their own bodies,” [Moore] said. “I’ve got granddaughters, the older ones say, ‘Grandma, can they do this?’ They are young women who are actually afraid for their future and I am frightened for them.”