Teri Hatcher details her sexual assault in letter to Donald Trump
Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Teri Hatcher, who revealed in 2006 she was sexually abused by her uncle at age five, detailed her assault in an open letter to Donald Trump shared to social media.
“Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, I’d like to take this opportunity to weigh in on the process of recalling a sexual assault. #metoo #believe #survivor,” she wrote, after Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony at a rally earlier this week.
Hatcher, 53, went on to detail what she could remember and what she couldn’t from the horrifying assault.
“Here’s what I remember: His erect penis, that he was stroking as he sat behind the wheel of the car,” she wrote. “‘Do you want to touch it?’ he asked. I said, ‘No.’ He took my hand to touch it anyway. It was pink. There were tissues. I didn’t know what they were for, but then I did.”
She continued, “I was face down on the seat looking at the floor as he violated me. He said, ‘Do you like how this feels?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Someday you will.’”
She went on to write that she didn’t remember the address of where it happened, how she got there, how she got home, what day or month it was or if anyone was drinking beer.
“Sadly, myself and then decades later, teenager Sarah Van Cleemput, were abused by the same man. She committed suicide. I battled demons,” Hatcher wrote.
According to People, after 14-year-old Van Cleemput passed away in 2002, Hatcher came forward with her story, helping put Richard Hayes Stone behind bars.
She finished her note, directly addressing the President.
“I am a survivor, who stands available to help you understand the way the memories of a trauma like that work. It might be hard for you to understand,” she wrote. “I can readily explain in detail that ‘I don’t remember’ is often the most honest response surrounding questions of an assault. It does NOT mean it didn’t happen. Please do not add ‘Mocked by President’ to the injury list of a sexual survivor. It’s just plain wrong.”
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