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Why E. Jean Carroll she didn’t use the word ‘rape’ in Trump accusation



When E. Jean Carroll published an account last week of an unwanted sexual encounter with President Donald Trump in the mid-1990s, many questioned why she hadn’t used the word “rape,” since her description of the incident matched the definition of the word.

While Carroll admitted to CNN on Monday that what she described is the definition of rape, she says that she doesn’t use that word since “it didn’t last long.”

She also said that she thinks “most people think of rape as being sexy.”

“I was not thrown on the ground and ravished. The word rape carries so many sexual connotations. This was not sexual it just — it hurt,” she said, adding that she prefers to use the word “fight.”

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By not using the word, Carroll said she avoids labeling herself the victim.

“I think of all the women who are enduring constant sexual violence and so this one incident — this one three minutes in a dressing room — I just say it’s a fight. That way I’m not the victim right?” she said.

She further explained her hesitance to use the work in a New York Times story on Thursday.

“It was violent, I fought, but didn’t think of it as …” Carrol said, trailing off.

“I have a hard time even saying that word,” she added.

Trump has denied Carroll’s account, telling The Hill in an interview, “I’ll say it with great respect — number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened.”

He also claims to never have even met her, even though photo evidence suggests otherwise.

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