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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has used her campaign to take on sexual assault. However, her message to survivors of sexual assault has come under fire after this tweet from Juanita Broaddrick:


In the late 1990s, Broaddrick accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her in an Arkansas motel in 1978, when he was Arkansas Attorney General. The former president denied the assault through a lawyer in 1999. He has never been charged for the incident.

Regardless, Broaddrick published the tweet some months after Clinton had this to say about sexual assault victims in September 2015:

Broaddrick described her reaction as going “ballistic” when she first saw Clinton’s tweets, according to an interview with Buzzfeed.

Initially noticed by Legal Insurrection, it appears as though the Clinton campaign quietly removed language from her sexual assault stance, particularly mentions of victims having the “right to be believed.” An archived September 2015 version of the “Campus sexual assault” portion of her campaign website says:

“I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
Hillary, September 14, 2015

The now-updated version says the following:

“I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard.”
Hillary, September 14, 2015

While the line has since been changed, it still appears at the 0:10 mark in this video found on the website:

(H/T Law Newz)

Key language in Hillary Clinton’s sexual assault stance appears to have changed after this damning tweet YouTube/Hillary Clinton
Zuri Davis About the author:
Zuri Davis is a media writer for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @RiEleDavis.
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