“A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches” (Prov. 11: 16).
Sexual assault has in recent weeks become part of the political dialog. News media are politely tiptoeing around the crude language Donald Trump employed on the topic, without actually repeating it.
That a candidate should have engaged in this criminal behavior (and still have felt compelled to crow about it, at the tender age of 59) is simultaneously ludicrous and despicable.
However, that some men touch women, without their consent, comes as no surprise to women. Countless women have been subjected to identical behavior, without consequence to the men responsible.
I am an incest survivor. The stranger who grabbed my crotch at the beach when I was 12 y.o. could not have known that. But he calculated – quite accurately – that I would be too stunned to speak of the violation. In that, I was not alone.
Thousands of vulnerable women and girls experience groping, and either have no recourse or know of none. The inappropriate touching may not last long; it may not rise to the level of rape. But the sense of powerlessness leaves a permanent scar.
Whether the assailant is a family member, friend, or stranger, the behavior clearly establishes his dominance. When do fathers, brothers, and sons learn that this is allowed, even encouraged?
I need hardly add that the vast majority of men would never engage in such conduct. What is troubling, however, is that there are women who excuse or justify it. After all, boys will be boys. No harm done. The girl was probably asking for it.
Just locker room talk . Let Trump be Trump .
Women ought to be appreciated for more than a pretty face and a 44DD cup size. Objectification is not a compliment. It devalues women. That message reaches our daughters loud and clear, especially when well-known evangelical Christians continue to support Trump .
Funny thing. Demeaning women demeans men, as well. Men may posture for one another. Men may count coup, listing women among their other conquests. But the need to boast goes hand in hand with insecurity and inadequacy. Ask any woman.
The “p” word, by the way, is predator.
 This is Donald Trump’s primary defense.
 This has been Donald Trump’s campaign strategy. See Politico, “Trump’s new campaign manager vows to let Trump be Trump” by Nick Gass, 8/18/16, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-be-trump-reset-kellyanne-conway-227149.
 BuzzFeed News, “Prominent Evangelicals Still Backing Trump After Lewd Video” by Rosie Gray, 10/7/16, updated 10/10/16, https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/prominent-evangelicals-still-backing-trump-after-graphic-vid?utm_term=.oy5B9EB7w#.yp69zO96A.
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