In the first major speech of her scandal-plagued presidential campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton explicitly raised the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.
Clinton delivered the wide-ranging speech at the Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday, according to Inside Higher Ed.
“When women of any age, whether on college campuses or military bases or even in their homes, face sexual assault, then no woman is secure,” she declared.
“Every woman deserves to have the safety and security they need. That means we have to guarantee that our institutions respond to the continuing scourge of sexual assault.”
Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. senator, first came to national prominence as the first lady during her husband Bill Clinton’s presidency (1993-2000).
Thanks to her husband’s actions as president and as the governor of Arkansas, Hillary is no stranger to the sexual assault scourge.
On November 13, 1998, midway through his second presidential term, Bill Clinton paid former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones $850,000 to settle her claim that, in 1991, then-Gov. Clinton exposed his erect penis to her and begged her to have sex with him.
Clinton grabbed Jones’s hand “and pulled her toward him, so that their bodies were in close proximity,” according to a complaint filed in federal court. Jones “retreated several feet.” Unperturbed, Clinton followed Jones, saying “I love the way your hair flows down your back,” and “I love your curves.”
America’s 42nd president then slid his hand down Jones’s leg and tried to kiss her neck.
“What are you doing?” Jones recalled exclaiming. She then moved away again and tried to change the subject by asking Clinton how things were going with Hillary.
From 1995 to 1997, Bill Clinton had several sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky, a former unpaid White House employee and a woman who was born the year Clinton graduated from law school.
“There has never been a better time in history to be born female,” Hillary Clinton said in her Thursday speech, according to The New York Times.