Actress Heather Lind says George H.W. Bush assaulted her four years ago

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This lady ^^ is Heather Lind. Lind is an actress, possibly best known for her work on AMC’s Turn, about the Revolutionary War. Four years ago, Lind and some of the cast of Turn got to meet former president George H.W. Bush, aka Bush the Elder. H.W. is currently 93 years old, so he would have been 89 years old back then. H.W. has been in a wheelchair for years, and he’s had major health issues for… what? At least a decade. Well, when Lind met Bush the Elder, he sexually assaulted her TWICE from his wheelchair and told her a dirty joke. And now he’s apologizing.

George H. W. Bush has apologized to an actress who accused him of sexually assaulting her while they posed for a photograph together four years ago. The actress, Heather Lind, wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was standing next to the former president when he “touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.” Lind also alleges Bush told her a “dirty joke.”

The 93-year-old apologized to Lind in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The former president’s spokesman Jim McGrath said in the statement, “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

Lind, who starred in AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, wrote in the caption of her Instagram which featured a photo of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bush shaking hands in a gathering of other former presidents, that this image had “disturbed” her.

“I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served,” she wrote. “And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”

Lind continued, writing, “Barbara [Bush] rolled her eyes as if to say “not again”. His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy.”

“What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really,” she added. “I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character.”

She wrote that her AMC castmates knew about the alleged assault because she told them, and that she decided to come forward because of “the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences.”

[From People]

I believe her. I believe her because in my experience, there are a lot of men that age – especially men with health problems – who don’t even bother with a thin veneer of decency and respect. I’ve had old dudes in wheelchairs make inappropriate comments about my breasts, my body, my mouth. They tell dirty, gross jokes because they can, because they think they can get away with it because (frankly) they have one foot in the grave. The idea of Barbara Bush rolling her eyes at Bush the Elder as he assaults a young woman… well, I believe that too. I’m sure Heather Lind deleted the Instagram because conservative dudes were attacking her, and I’m sure there were some people who were like “hey, he’s old, you shouldn’t say anything.” Bullsh-t.

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  1. Anastasia says:

    Wow. I mean, I’m not surprised, but I am. But yeah, I believe her, too.

    Damn. Are there guys who DON’T do shit like this???????

    • CoffeePot says:

      Maybe there is a chance in hell that three of the men in that picture do not?

    • M&M says:

      As all these stories start popping up I am recalling moments similar to this one.
      Older man in my office saying inappropriate things and asking for a hug like they are a grandpa and the hand goes a little lower then mid back.
      These stories are too many and also we overlook them like it was nothing.
      No more of that.

      • siri says:

        I experienced the same many times, and I noticed that I always felt that it was inappropriate, but never said anything. I also noticed it takes quite some time to fade as an expirience. I remember male collegues joking about ‘grandpa’s’ last efforts to get close to a woman, like they should be allowed to have their fun one last time.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I’d like to think that Obama doesn’t do shit like this.

    • Carmen says:

      At this point I’m like, Men. Ugh!!

    • Darla says:

      Don’t worry, Obama never did this stuff. I am not worried about anything coming out about him. It will never happen.

      I’d say Carter too, never did it. The rest, yeah.

      • jwoolman says:

        It’s possible that Bill Clinton has reformed. He and Hillary underwent some pretty intensive couples counseling. Have no idea how well it worked for him, but he might have learned a few things.

        The same could be true of Dubya, of course. I’m sure he’s had to deal with counseling due to his alcohol problems. Maybe that came up, especially if he was likely to be abusive that way when drunk. He’s a different generation from his father and so is his wife.

        I agree that it is highly unlikely that either Obama or Carter ever did such things in the first place.

    • Jess says:

      Yes, but apparently they are few and far between! I wonder if Bush was known for this before or if his true colors are coming out with his age, or if he’s senile maybe? Working in urgent care I’ve seen quite a older few men act like this.

      Even my husband has his moments, he’s the most thoughtful and loving person but sometimes his dirty jokes drive me fkng crazy. Recently I found a lump in my breast and he kept making reference to how he could feel me up and keep an eye on them, and he’d giggle at his cleverness and grab at my boobs while I rolled my eyes. I finally told him it’s not funny or cute and I’m nervous, and it makes me feel like he’s not even listening to my concerns. Men, sigh.

      • burnsie says:

        Jess, I hope everything’s OK re: the lump! Sending you all our positive Celebitchy vibes :)

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m wondering that myself, but then I have to think if it was just senility, someone would have apologized and told Ms. Lind that. instead they told her she “shouldn’t have stood next to him” because it’s her fault for simply existing, apparently.

        Good luck with your medical exams, I hope everything is OK and that your husband is more supportive. He might be really scared for you too and not sure how to communicate that, so he’s trying to joke around, but now that you’ve talked to him, I hope he gets it.

      • Jess says:

        Awe thank you ladies, I appreciate the support! I should’ve finished that story, the lump I was feeling turned out to be nothing major, just fibrous tissue changing with my monthly hormone fluctuations, but they did find a very small nodule in my other breast. I’ll get another mammo/ultrasound in 3 months to see if it’s growing, they told me not to worry just yet! 😄😄

    • Saras says:

      I work with seniors and this is so common. It is “forgiven” due to senility, disability, and seemingly being “less threatening” due to overall weakness. Fortunately often you are warned before or they are assigned same sex attendant to keep it from happening as often.
      I would be rich if it was taken more seriously but as it is it is just part of nursing. Heathcare workers are assaulted verbally, physically, and sexually all the time. Working with seniors, mentally ill, e r , drug/ alcohol rehab, and disabled it is expected.

  2. LuckyZeGrand says:

    “Attempt at humor”
    Or as we sane people call it:sexual assault.

  3. Luca76 says:

    Totally believe her…only other thing he could be suffering from something like dementia or a reaction to medication. He could just be an old school pervert but I just wanted to put that out there.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Nah. Everything about this says dirty old man.

      • Luca76 says:

        Have you ever spent any time around someone with dementia?

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Yes, many times, and I research and educate about it. If he has reduced impulse control it would be exhibited in other ways than this as well. Given his history and the norms of his life and presidency, and his otherwise apparent ability to participate in that project, we can go with the most obvious explanation first.

      • lilian says:

        I hate the term dirty old men. Sorry no offense to you and you using that term. I just personally don’t like it. This story made me remember something i hadn’t thought of in many many years. When i was about 3 or 4, i went to my neighbours house and their very old uncle was there. he put me on his lap and stroked my bottom under my dress. He didn’t molest me or anything. It was just that one time that lasted maybe a minute i think. I remember being scared, i remember not moving. I remember his smile.

        I wasn’t abused and its just a blimp of a memeory of something that happened to me but i don’t like that term because to me it feels like it gives them justification..

      • Wren33 says:

        Ugh lilian. I am glad you weren’t exposed to that guy longer than that one time. I wouldn’t be surprised if he molested other girls.

      • Snazzy says:

        OMG Lilian I am so sorry you had to live through that, and you are right, there is no justification

      • Monica says:

        not a dig at you but i love how everyone on this site has spent time working with mentally ill people, knows the history of the middle east, has personally worked with refugees, etc. You guys have done it all!!!

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        lilian, so sorry that happened to you. I didn’t mean to use the term ‘dirty old man’ as something superficial or acceptable, only to differentiate it from the impulsive behavior of someone with a brain disease. You’re right that men have used advanced age to continue to perpetuate their abuses of women and girls – and get away with it.

        What that man did to you was wrong. Authorities might classify it as abuse. His smile was a clear indication of his awareness and self-gratification. What’s important now is how you feel, and I hope the memory fades over time.

        Saying that, I know from my experience and those of countless other women speaking out here and in public forums that they don’t – but we learn to reinterpret them and use our anger as constructively as we can.

      • jwoolman says:

        It’s been pointed out that the elder Bush still seems in full possession of his faculties. His language ability hasn’t changed (as it definitely has with Trump over the years, sparking concerns that he is slipping into dementia; Reagan showed the same linguistic decline although he wasn’t the nasty person that Trump is , so it was apparently an early sign of Alzheimer’s in Reagan’s case).

        More likely this is old habit and perhaps less inhibition with age. My aunt liked to say that people don’t change as they get older, they just get more like themselves.

    • Betsy says:

      This. I believe her, too, having had that happen to me, too (albeit not with ex-Presidents), but in terms of jokes from really old men I don’t know, I do give a pass for exactly these reasons.

    • Katie says:

      This isn’t new behavior. If it was he’d be sequestered away like Reagan and Thatcher were, so as not to risk his legacy. Once people with dementia start behaving in inappropriate, out of character ways, it can snowball fast into more obviously extreme inappropriateness. There’s no way in hell his family would still let him attend public events if there was a chance of that.

    • Kelly says:

      I used to bartend and I had a guy in a wheelchair lick my hand. I thought he wanted to shake it, then when he pulled it toward him I thought he was going to kiss it which is gross but still on the acceptable border for me. Nope, dragged his nasty tongue all the way across my hand, winked at me, and made a comment on my breasts. I was horrified and kicked him out. I think it’s easy to give an old person in a wheelchair too much leeway I. Their behavior.

      • M&M says:

        Oh my god! That is terrible!
        You literally just reminded me of the man in a wheelchair when I was in junior high that would collect our lunch money in the cafeteria.
        When girls would hand him the money he would hold our hands and tickle the inside of our palms.
        We all talked about this and started to put our money on the table so we could avoid him touching us.
        My husband did that to me once and I flipped because it reminded me of that pervert.

    • Kelly says:

      I used to bartend and I had a guy in a wheelchair lick my hand. I thought he wanted to shake it, then when he pulled it toward him I thought he was going to kiss it which is gross but still on the acceptable border for me. Nope, dragged his nasty tongue all the way across my hand, winked at me, and made a comment on my breasts. I was horrified and kicked him out. I think it’s easy to give an old person in a wheelchair too much leeway I. Their behavior.

    • Natalie S says:

      *If* he is suffering from dementia, then behaving this way isn’t unusual. *If* though. I am not making an excuse for HW because I have no idea about his mental state.

    • Josie says:

      That’s the first thing that came to mind for me too, dementia or a similar condition.

    • lightpurple says:

      George H. W. Bush is an old school pervert. Barbara always looked the other way. Whenever anyone ever tried to take it public, the accusations were that the accuser was hurting Barbara.

      • Darla says:

        Really? I never heard that. I do remember back in the day when Hillary stated that no one ever talked about “the other Jennifer”, and it was explained in the press that she was referring to long time “rumors” that H had a sidepiece too, by the same name. Then it came out that reporters had slyly been making jest of this open secret (not really a rumor) by writing things like “jennfer so and so, who has served under HW Bush in a variety of positions”….

        So I know he had mistresses, but did not know of any allegations of abuse. Not that I am surprised. I am in no way surprised, let me be clear.

      • Mlle. Poirot says:

        H.W. has had several mistresses, one for over 20 years, I think. Kitty Kelley goes into it a lot in her book on the Bushes, The Family. Highly recommend reading it if you can find it.

    • PPP says:

      Barbara rolled her eyes because this is usual for him, in my opinion. Also my opinion that old guys know they get a pass because they can play themselves off as harmless or addled, and use that to their advantage. No passes from me. I’m fucking done with passes. If that’s hard for old men, then they can go cry in the bathroom like we do after events like this.

      • WingKingdom says:

        “If that’s hard for old men, then they can go cry in the bathroom like we do after events like this.”

        PPP- you have given me a new way to think about this and THANK YOU. I do go cry in the bathroom and you are so right, next time the gross pervert can go cry in the bathroom. I’m always so afraid to hurt someone’s feelings who gives no second thoughts about hurting mine.

    • Lyka says:

      Hey @lilian – I can’t respond to you directly so I just wanted to say that I saw what you wrote, and I’m so sorry someone did that to you. It WASN’T acceptable, and there’s NO justification for what he did. I’m sorry the memory has bubbled back up (they have for many of us over these last few weeks) – just because it was one time, and just because it wasn’t more severe, doesn’t mean it can’t bring up pain. Sending you peaceful thoughts.

      • Kim says:

        @lyka and @lilian
        Lasy weekend, out of nowhere, I experienced a fragment of an early childhood memory accompanied by a sense of dread and familiarity, like a dèja vu. There’s also a strong physical feeling. I dare not write in detail the image I’m seeing, as I do not want to make it any more real, but I believe it is a memory of sexual abuse I’ve long thought occurred but I had no recollection of. The vision and feelings keep coming up, and the abreaction — the physical response, is so strong that the anxiety it induces quickly becomes panic. The public discussion finally taking place gives me some hope for change. As sad as it is, it is powerful to know we are not alone in our experiences.

    • Aang says:

      I also thought dementia maybe. Had a step grandfather die of brain cancer and even though he was still up and walking for a while after diagnosis he wasn’t himself at all. Said and did some really crazy stuff.

    • H says:

      This was what I was going to say. He might have dementia. Bush certainly hasn’t been in good health for the last decade. As far as I know there have been no other rumors about Bush the Elder sexually assaulting women. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe Heather because I do. It’s still gross and I’m not making excuses for him, but my dad has dementia and sometimes says inappropriate things – like using the n-word.

      We have to remind him you can’t do that anymore. My dad is 83. In the 70s, he would say some fairly racist and homophobic things, but over the last 20 years when he realized you can’t do that in polite company, he stopped. (Inside he’s still a bigot, but outside he realized people get fired for crap like that, so he adjusted his outward behavior. Yeah, I know: ugh). My father is no angel, but he has no impulse control anymore, nor can he remember my name sometimes. My dad may be a jerk but it’s still heartbreaking to see. However, I still hate bigots because of my father’s attitude growing up, and it makes me happy everyday that he lived to see a black man as president. It would have been even better if Hillary had become the first woman president.

    • Spring says:

      The possibility of dementia is a good & compassionate point to consider. A subsequent statement to that effect could have gone far in multiple ways, but I respect any family’s right to privacy.

      Barbara Bush’s eyerolling, however, along with security making Heather Lind responsible for her own butt-grabbing by happening to stand near GHWB, aren’t convincing me. It reeks of some classic “boys will be boys” who must always be let off the hook for not keeping their tongues, hands & penises under control. That “if” in the Bush apology isn’t helping, either.

      Kudos to Heather Lind for speaking truth to power in a world over-supplied with vitriolic trolls.

  4. lightpurple says:

    Google the video of George Bush and Teri Hatcher.

  5. Who ARE these people? says:

    Gross. I believe her and like what she said about using her power.

    Speaking of powerful men using photo ops to grope women, check out the medium dot Com essay on Elie Wiesel. Powerful.

  6. Wren33 says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say. Now THAT takes courage.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Ugh. I believe her too. Really H.W.? Ugh

  8. Patricia says:

    I totally agree about older men that just don’t give a shit about decency anymore.

    Also… this is hard to say… but some men who are of the older generation also just have no idea what they are doing. They were raised thinking they had certain rights to womens bodies, as long as they didn’t get rough. This is NOT an excuse. But my own dad, who lovingly raised three daughters and considers himself respectful, does stuff that makes me wince. He, like many of his contemporaries I have to deal with, assumes to kiss women. He does it on the face. Some of my relatives do it on the mouth. He flirts and compliments women’s appearance at inappropriate times. He refers to grown women as “girls”. He seems to think it’s a man’s right to put his arm around a woman without checking to see if she wants this affection or if it’s appropriate.

    He has NEVER made me feel physically uncomfortable, because I’m his daughter and he’s just an affectionate guy. But I’ve spoken to him about this and it’s like his feelings are hurt at the very mention that women have boundaries and he may be crossing them. It’s hard. I continue to tell him when I think he’s using outdated views about the accessibility of women’s bodies and his rights to touch them, even if it’s just genuine affection. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if the man just felt he was being nice. If as a woman I am kissed on the mouth and have an arm draped around my waist when I never agreed to that, and called a “girl”, I’m going to feel uncomfortable, disrespected and angry. It makes me so sad and confused to see my dad as someone who a woman could walk away from and feel she was mistreated. What a huge abyss between what that generation was taught and the realities of women’s autonomy.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks for trying with your dad, Patricia. My grandpa was getting overtly racist with little comments when he got older and we always tried to shut that down (although it’s unclear to me if he was experiencing that as part of a general decline).

    • Mel M says:

      Thank you Patricia. I feel the same way, not about my dad but others around me in my family.

      Honestly there are so many things that happened to me, especially in college, where sexual assault didn’t even cross my mind because I wasn’t raped but now I see it as sexual assault and it makes me sad. Sad that my younger self just thought these things were not big deal that they were just how things were. Sad that I too was someone that didn’t want to offend a man that had been nice to me so I would just laugh things off. This mindset seems to finally be changing, if not slowly.

  9. Juls says:

    I just want to exist without being touched by people that I don’t want touching me. Period. I don’t think that’s asking too GD much.

    • Patricia says:

      YES. That’s exactly what I try to tell my dad (see post above if you care to). As women we are treated like frigid bitches for this. Yet a man never has to explain why he doesn’t want to be touched.
      Ever meet a man and he says “I’m a hugger” and tries to hug you? Like, good for you Phil but I don’t know you and I’d rather not press our bodies together at the moment, thanks.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Tell the huggers to wrap themselves around the nearest available man. Just point to one.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        A man usually doesn’t get hugged randomly, that’s why they never have to explain themselves. Huggers are the worst because they honestly think they’re just being friendly.

        Once I was hugged and kissed on the cheek by an older dude. At work. What 23-year-old is waiting for wet smooches from old men??? No. I told him the next day that he can’t do that, I’m at my place of work. This bitch had the nerve to sulk (!) like a little boy, expecting me to say something like “Awww, don’t be mad, I didn’t mean it like that.” Well, eff that. He came around eventually but I think only because two of his male colleagues explained that it really wasn’t cool.

      • Juls says:

        Patricia your post about your Dad is all too familiar and thank you for sharing. Even good men make women uncomfortable and don’t realize that their behavior is wrong. So we have to tell them, like you did. And keep telling them over and over. These conversations need to take place. Most importantly with our sons, like my tween boys. I have some solace in knowing I am helping future generations of women by raising young men that are aware.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ” As women we are treated like frigid bitches for this.”

        I really hate how much being called “frigid” or a “prude” or “uptight” impacted me as a young woman. I wish I wouldn’t have been so affected by this obvious manipulation tactic.

    • Kitten says:

      Or staring at me. There’s a ton of construction in downtown Boston and there are just lines of construction dudes sitting on the sidewalk during their lunch break, STARING at every woman that passes them.
      I HATE that feeling–such a violation.

      • Juls says:

        @Kitten Yes, the leering. Gross. Makes me super uncomfortable and that’s putting it lightly. What I really want to do is scream at them or punch something. Unwanted touching and staring: men that do this have it ingrained in their brains that women exist for their pleasure and we have no bodily autonomy. Just leave me alone and let me live in peace! It’s not flattering. It’s gross. And no that attitude does not make me a frigid bitch.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        I remember my mother – now in her 90s – talking about things like this. She said she didn’t want to be taken to be a prude just because she found some things offensive. This s–t never ends.

    • mellie says:

      No kidding, there is an older man at the work place gym, probably 70, old enough to know better… He runs, I run (not at the same time). I used to think we were having nice conversations about running, until the conversations turned to, “You look nice today, you look good, you’re a nice looking woman”…and on and on and on. I’ve made it clear I’m married, I wear a wedding ring, I talk about the races/running that my HUSBAND and I run, yet this joker started touching my shoulder and patting me on the back. I shut that $hit down and froze him out. So after couple of weeks of the no talking at the gym, he asked me if he had done anything to offend me and I said, “yes, you did, leave me the #$#$ alone” and he said, “ok” and acted confused. I’m like, what part of touching and telling people that they look good, just plain out of nowhere is ok? You know, we had nice conversations about a common hobby and then you had to turn nasty and leery. Other than my husband, family and harmless friends, I am f#$king over men right now…all of them.

      • Alissa says:

        mellie, he was probably confused because it sounds like you never said “do not touch me or make comments about how I look. It makes me very uncomfortable and I do not appreciate it.” It sounds like instead, you tried giving him the hint that you’re married (which does not mean no other man can compliment you, to many women and men) and then froze him out with silence when he made you uncomfortable. Which is, of course, your prerogative and perfectly fine.

    • dumbledork says:

      Yes!! I don’t understand why that is so difficult in this day and age.

      • jwoolman says:

        Men often don’t take hints very well and they seem to mistake friendliness for sexual availability. Just talking about your husband and flashing a wedding ring didn’t even register with this guy. This is true in other contexts also, not just sexual ones. It’s rather maddening, actually. It’s as though they have blinders on. Or they just have selective hearing and higher pitched voices are easily ignored, especially if saying the word “no”.

        You have to be absolutely clear and firm about your reaction to their bad behavior and sometimes have to explain in detail why it’s bad. That’s still really hard for many of us since we are culturally trained to be more subtle and kindly. Also we can just be caught off guard when it happens, and not all of us are good at instant coherent responses. I can think of great responses hours later but not on the spot, so do as I say and not as I do.

        The guy will still often react badly to honesty, just as they will sometimes get angry if you say”no” to a date no matter how diplomatically. Be prepared to be called frigid, lesbian, a bitch, unfriendly, overreacting, etc. either to your face or behind your back. They will very likely go into deep denial mode unless a man backs you up and tells them what a jerk move it was. They will try to make you feel bad for feeling the way you do about it. And they can always find a woman who will tell them it’s no big deal, many women who have to deal with such behavior frequently cope with it this way (which is why things are so slow to change). They will listen to that woman and not you.

        The more this gets talked about in the open, the better. And mothers really do have to have serious talks with their sons. Never assume they will pick up decent behavior by osmosis. They get opposite messages from the culture and their friends.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes, Juls! It is such a simple request.

  10. littlemissnaughty says:

    Damn. Honestly, I bet it wasn’t just random internet fools who “contacted” her though. Not to get too sinister but … others come to mind first.

    And that is scary as f*ck that the Secret Service dude obviously knew about this behavior and pulled a “Well you shouldn’t have stood next to him”. WTF? Imagine if she had made a scene. These guys don’t play.

  11. Nancy says:

    Since all closet doors are fully being swung open, let’s allow all skeletons out. I speak of vehicular homicide charges that were never brought up against the young Laura Bush. One has nothing to do with the other, but since we are talking about this family, I got a vivid image of rich white privilege in my mind.

  12. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    Sigh… I totally believe it. A man his age? If a story comes out about Obama (or Jimmy Carter.. I like him), I’m done. The younger Bush, I can believe anything about him.

  13. DiligentDiva says:

    I agree this isn’t shocking, but it isn’t just old men that think they can be perverts. It’s disgusting the amount of entitlement men feel towards women’s body. Really at any age, men think they have the right to sexually assault or harass women. They come up with any excuse to get away with it, whether it’s “He’s old so he’s harmless” or “He’s young so he can’t control himself” they all make excuses for their own actions.
    Still, I thought bit more of HW but maybe I shouldn’t have especially after his nephew Billy.

  14. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    The first time I met my husband’s very ill, wheelchair-bound uncle, I had on a pretty, low cut sundress. He took one look at me, and turned to my husband and said, “Great titties.” I laughed it off, because he’s just a dirty old man and he didn’t touch me, but that is definitely coming back now. F*ck.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      They just use the tools of degradation still available to them, in this case words.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      Ugh, how awful, liz! I have a story about my ex boyfriends dad. I’d known his wife well, I’d worked with her in the past. She had been my manager (she actually had reported two different men in our office for sexually harassing me, I hadn’t even known how improper what they were doing was, I was 19-20 at that time.) Later when I was 25, I started dating her stepson.

      So, we went to their house for Christmas one year. When I went to greet his dad, he sort of lunged at me, full body hugged me, then kissed me on the mouth… and stuck his tongue in my mouth. I didn’t say anything because he was drunk, and because I knew my boyfriend at the time wouldn’t want to hear something like that.

      I haven’t thought of this in years. Yuck.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        Sophia’s Side Eye-
        This is all dredging up those old memories, right? I posted one down below about an older friend of mine’s boyfriend taking two of us home when we were in our early twenties and trying to have a threesome. *shudders* I forgot the terror of that night. I will say, I also forgot my courage-I didn’t freeze, I screamed and shoved and demanded that they GTFO of my place. I’m trying to hold on to that.

    • anon says:

      Re the old, ill uncle, and also HW: When my mother was very ill and on chemo and pain killers, she started to say things to friends and family about their weight, like they looked fat, that they were “twice” her size, or heavier than so-and-so on TV, and so on. Formerly she’d never mention anyone’s weight or body or say anything like that. I think medication and being doped up makes people more uninhibited and they may do or say things they would not normally do.

  15. Cinderella says:

    I can only imagine the many other things we DON’ T know about George H.W.

    What a pig.

  16. Alissa says:

    Okay, him grabbing her is obviously inappropriate and assault. But a dirty joke? Why even mention that. I never thought I would be someone who would suggest that we’re getting a bit too sensitive, but Christ on a cracker.

    I know someone will call me out for saying that if she’s uncomfortable with it then it’s not okay, and yes, of course that’s accurate. HOWEVER, as an adult, it’s her responsibility to respond with “that makes me uncomfortable.” That is the adult thing to do. Even if he’s the ex-President. Same with the whole Charlyne Yi-David Cross thing – she was that upset about it to call him out ten years later, but there was several people in the room and no one knew she was upset about it? Even if she’s meeting someone she respects, if he insults her and uses a racist joke, the adult response is to say, “hey, that’s messed up and I don’t appreciate it.”

    Power imbalances and all that, but neither of these situations are equivalent to, say, a boss harassing an employee. And even then, it’s the employee’s adult responsibility to report it to HR or whomever. If it doesn’t get taken care of, then the onus is on HR, not on the employee. If the employee never says anything to anyone and then ten years later comes out about it, they didn’t handle it correctly.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      When it happens to you, you’ll handle it better.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Alissa, you’re not alone. I was afraid of even mentioning it here because I know everyone will jump down my throat, but this is really starting to get a bit out of control, IMO.

      I mean, a dirty joke? Come on. Sure it’s gross, but would it traumatize you? Haven’t we ALL been in a situation at one time or another where someone has told a disgusting joke? I sure have, and shrugged it off.
      I am not saying every single person should have the same exact reaction as I did, but having worked with male professors, bosses, etc. over the years..it happens.

      Just to be clear, I 100% believe all of the women who have come forward. However, I also think we are nearing a situation in which attention-seekers will try to jump on this most recent bandwagon. Which dilutes all of Harvey’s atrocities, when a dirty joke is even talked about in the same conversation.

      • Erica_V says:

        As it’s been discussed in a lot of the HW posts – a seemingly “harmless” dirty joke can sometimes be a first test of reaction for an abuser. They might say something inappropriate to test your boundaries before going further at another time.

        Sexual harassment doesn’t have to get to the level of rape to still be unwanted sexual contact which is what these posts are discussing. No story dilutes another’s story. All stories are valid and if people want to speak on their experiences that should be nothing but encouraged.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      It’s his responsibility to not touch her ass. And the dirty joke was just part of her story so I don’t know why you’re picking just that part to criticize. I’d like to see how you handle telling off a guy whose surrounded by secret service, I don’t care what your job is. I’d be scared to death to say anything, especially with his wife right there saying nothing and rolling her eyes.

    • jwoolman says:

      Women still are not trained to react so directly. In my generation, we often would be told by our mothers and everybody else that men were just like that and we had to put up with it.

      It’s good that you do feel comfortable reacting very directly to such behavior. That’s the only way it is going to change. But be a little gentler on the many women who find what you do to be extremely difficult, going against all their training, and also quite frankly raising realistic fears of retaliation. Plus many times people just don’t know how to respond on the spot. Maybe we need workshops with role playing to practice. Not kidding.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        This is so true. I’ve had different reactions depending on the person and the situation-I’ve frozen and just prayed for it to end and I’ve fought, I’ve screamed and shoved and made a huge fuss. *sigh* It’s hard to recreate that fear, that feeling in practice though. The adrenaline spike, the whole thing… Now I want to go throw up. So awful.

    • lucy2 says:

      My guess is that she mentioned it to reinforce that he was being inappropriate, and that it wasn’t an accidental touch.
      Considering he didn’t know her and she was there in a professional context, telling a “dirty joke” was not appropriate.

    • Patty says:

      Thank you. We need to stop acting as though as women we don’t have choices. Jeez. I’d really like to know what it is that women expect to happen, when we don’t speak up? Are we just thinking that magically someday the world with change? Women birth men. Women raise men. Women are roughly 50% of the population.

      Maybe it’s a cultural thing or a race thing, but all been getting lately is a bunch of white women victimhood nonsense. Newsflash, women are ones raising the boys who turn into these kind of men. You are their sisters, wives, aunts, nieces, grand-daughters, etc. What are you doing? I’d imagine if some of these women seem incapable of speaking up, they aren’t calling out their men for the same behavior.

  17. Annie says:

    I’m so inspired by the women coming forward. I will never stay quiet again.

    I’m still reeling from a very bad experience I had 5 months ago with my friend’s boyfriend sexually harassing me at a party. I’m still so angry and frustrated that I didn’t do or say anything. I just left. I wish I had put him in his place but he was drunk. You never know what a drunk can do. But he said to me every single disgusting thing a man can say to a woman, I was so offended and disgusted, and his girlfriend was a little Barbara Bush there. She just rolled her eyes and didn’t say anything even though she was not happy about it either. Why do some women allow that and be with men like those?? Sisterhood damn it! Speak up and tell your men he’s disrespecting you and me. I never got an apology from either and safe to say I will never hang out with them again. They deserve each other. But he’s lucky that I didn’t make a scene, which I should have. But he was very drunk and I don’t know if he can get violent.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Ugh. Glad you made changes. And, at parties, you can also walk away or leave. It’s not ‘making a scene” to protest, challenge or avoid that behaviour. HE was making the scene. Women are raised to stay quiet.

    • M&M says:

      I have a friend whose husband is like that. None of her friends want to be around him.
      He is so creepy and inappropriate. Tries to kiss hello way too close to the mouth, holds you in a bear hug and since he’s bigger than any of us of course.
      I finally told her after years of dancing around it but she didn’t react the way I hoped.
      It’s very upsetting.

      • Moon Beam says:

        I know someone like that too! My friend had a New Year’s Eve party and her friend’s husband, whom she had never met before, started giving her a massage out of nowhere. My other friend and I were like WTF?? There were a bunch of little kids around too.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      I had a friend whose boyfriend was like that to an extreme degree. He drove me and another girl home one night. He was substantially older than us (so was our friend, she had been our boss previously but wasn’t anymore), and we had been drinking heavily. We get to my place and stumble in, and I’m like, thanks for the ride home, [Boyfriend], [other friend] you’re welcome to the couch or to sleep with me, and I went to take a shower. Next thing I know, he’s NAKED IN MY BATHROOM and I’m screaming WTF. He says, “I thought you could use some help.” I shove him away, walk out, and my other friend has her top and bra off in my bedroom. I just screamed, “I don’t know what’s happening here, but you both need to GTFO.” So I slam my door and go to bed. I went to the friend and told her what happened, and she accused me of “making drama.” It later came out that 1) other friend and Old Boyfriend slept together for the first time that night on my couch (burn it!) 2) Old Boyfriend cheated on his girlfriend with that girl forever and 3) Other friend finally got wise, caught her boyfriend with that girl, and now those two are married and have two kids. I pretend to get along with everyone for peace but HOLY F’ING CRAP.

      Man, these assaults and stories are dragging out some horrible crap that has happened. It’s like it’s so ubiquitous you just block it out from your day to day thinking. I think I need to start a log as I remember things that happened to or around me.

      ETA-I will say, I also forgot that I had so much courage that night. I didn’t freeze, I didn’t give in, I didn’t let anything deter me from screaming, shoving, and yelling for my personal space. I’m pretty proud of 24? year old me right now. Not that people who survived with other ways shouldn’t be proud just…I was psycho pissed.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        Omg, I would’ve been terrified. I’m so sorry that happened to you, I don’t know what I would’ve done, you were very brave.

        Yes, these stories are bringing back so many memories for me, I’ve blocked out so much. My ex walked into the bathroom one time when I was just getting out of the shower. He was there to pick up our son. I laid into him and he just stood there refusing to get out and laughing saying it’s not like he hadn’t seen me without clothes before. I always lock doors now, always.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        Your ex sounds like such an entitled jerk who thinks he still has a right to your body. *shudders* I had one of those once. I’m sorry you have to deal with him!

  18. Jayna says:

    He has some form of Parkinson’s. His health has been horrible. Truthfully, he hasn’t seemed all their for years. Mini strokes? Dementia? Those are just suspicions of mine. I wonder why she deleted it. from her Instagram.

  19. SM says:

    Waiting for stories on Bill to roll out in 3…2…1

  20. serena says:

    “..He most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms Lind.” What kind of bulls*t apology is this? Assault is now being depicted as attempt at humor? Go fool someone else.

  21. JeanGray says:

    The guy was in his 90′s, in a wheelchair and has had several serious health issues. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he’s not is full control of his mental faculties at this point. And not to excuse it, but he comes from a much different generation. Old folks in my family have been known to see things a different way and genuinely believe there is nothing wrong with a butt pat, a kiss on the cheek, hand etc. If there was a history of him being inappropriate and objectifying women a la Hefner, then I’d feel more strongly about it. But in HW’s case, I would have just kept that to myself. No need to drag grandpa for something he did/said at 90 yrs old in a wheelchair with health problems at this point, imo. Much bigger fish to fry.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      IIRC there was a history of him cheating, altho that’s different. I don’t totally buy the “different generation” rationale because plenty of older men don’t do this and plenty of younger men do.

      Also, former president. And if he really couldn’t control himself,stop rolling him out.

    • Lorelai says:

      @JeanGray, ITA.

      Is being briefly touched on your butt so traumatic that you’re still this upset years later? I would find it annoying and gross and get away from the guy ASAP, but I think people are getting too sensitive about every little thing now.

      • Sophia's Side eye says:

        You’re so much better than other women, Lorelai.

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, such things are traumatic and change the way you feel about the world every time it happens, even if it takes a fraction of a second. As stories told here indicate, even small children know the difference between an affectionate touch and a creepy unfriendly touch that makes them feel bad and afraid. That reaction is probably an inborn protective response, since we never know how much further the guy will go. We often stay silent for fear of that, actually, particularly if he knows where we live. Mother Nature might be warning us to get away fast. But we often can’t for other reasons, which makes it even more difficult.

        Maybe you lack the sensitivity to environment and social interactions that is common with women. Maybe you’re actually not a woman yourself. But the damage from such behavior is real and should not be minimized. Other things can have similar long-term effects, such as being robbed. A world that seemed safe an instant ago no longer feels safe. This is one reason why we discourage robbery, and this is why we have to discourage such unwanted touch.

      • LadyT says:

        I think this 4 year old story does nothing but trivialize the genuine trauma of those that have actually been sexually assaulted, some of whom have shared their difficult stories here today.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      See the video of him SLAPPING Terri Hatcher’s butt twice as he kisses her. This isn’t something that he confined to old age. He was younger and standing when he did this to Terri.

    • Kairenne says:

      Yeah, those old relatives. I was 4. My father lifted me up to give my grandfather a kiss good bye. He stuck his tongue in my mouth. I was pole-axed. I looked at him and he had an evil grin on his face. 60 years ago.

    • Magenta says:

      The joke W told was “Do you know who my favorite magician is? David Cop-o-feel”

      Har-dee-har-har.

      And with that our frail, disabled, senior citizen then touched our actress on her behind.

      Crude and boorish but hardly rising to the level of sexual assault.

  22. Katherine says:

    Go look what people are writing on her instagram, it’s appalling, and people still ask why this or that person didn’t say something sooner or took the settlement…

  23. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Men have always been this way, and we women have put up with this shit for… FOREVER. I am thrilled women are speaking out about all kinds of abuses, advances and inappropriate behaviours. I had a mouth on me (still do), and when I’d be touched, approached, on the receiving end of improprieties.. whatever, I’d match their infractions with my own, and they either never did it again or indoctrinated me into their ‘boys club’ whereupon I’d find myself shutting them down on a regular basis like a damn babysitter.

    I remember a particular moment during a board meeting at an international oil trading company I worked for. Twelve suited men, range of ages and culturally diverse. I was the only female present, and when I walked in they began making sexual comments, talking about their lollipops and blah, blah, blah (you can imagine). I smiled, rolled my eyes, presented my ruler and told them to whip ‘em out insenuating each one was compensating for some sad wisp of grass. But yeah, every day brought bad behavior.

  24. tracking says:

    Wow, just wow. He always seemed like more of a gentle, mild-mannered soul. Well, as someone recently stated, this is what power+patriarchy looks like.

  25. Jessica says:

    I feel bad because I saw the headline and immediately dismissed it until I saw that half-assed standard predator ‘apology’. I don’t like the Bushes; I just don’t hate HW Bush as much as George. This is disappointing but not terribly shocking with his age.

  26. Stylish says:

    This is not sexual assault. Inappropriate? Yes. I cannot stand how men act. I seriously can’t. But old people who may or may not have dementia are different than a someone in power taking advantage of someone without power. Not everything needs to be made into an issue. This woman is doing this for her own gain.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      The assault part is when he touched her a$$. You missed that part.

      • LadyT says:

        An 89 yo man makes an attempt at humor and from his position in a wheelchair he touches from behind. So move his hand to your waist, take the picture and leave. Good grief. Mildly offensive, easily handled and a disservice to true sexual assault victims. Yes, that’s my opinion.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      What is she gaining, being accused of lying? Being accused of saying something mean about a “feeble old man?”

      There is no line between “inappropriate” and “sexual assault” when someone touches, without your consent a sexual part of your body – which includes the buttocks. That’s sexual assault, by the books.

      “Inappropriate” might — MIGHT — be the dirty joke on its own, depending on its nature and if it had a personal component. But we’re using the term “inappropriate” to avoid talking about assault the way the press uses euphemisms to avoid talking about Trump (Sanders, Pence, Ryan, McConnell….) lies.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Stylish and @LadyT: plus 10000.

      If people call literally *anything* assault, it will only make it harder for people who were actually violently assaulted by Harvey to convey how awful it was.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        Hi-
        Just want to weigh in on the impact of unwanted fondling-which is absolutely, by definition, sexual assault. While the physical impact may be less (no risk of STDs or pregnancy, hopefully no risk of death), the lack of safety, the lack of ownership of your body, the feelings of shame and horror, the repercussions, the impact on your sex life… those things can all exist for victims of sexual assault, whatever form that assault takes.

      • Rose says:

        Actually it’s people like you Stylish and LadyT how make it harder victims assaulted by Harvey and everywhere. The truly sad thing is that you don’t see that, it women like you who put us back from becoming equal.

      • LadyT says:

        I can’t even guess how many instances of child moletstion, rape, sodomy and incest have occurred in the last 4 years—truly horrifying, criminal instances of sexual assault. While I believe the headlining accuser got a pat on the bum and that touch technically is sexual assault, I just can’t manage to muster anything close to the same outrage about this specific instance.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      The Department of Justice definition. It includes unwanted fondling.:

      “Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.”

      • LadyT says:

        If you honestly believe that “touched from behind” by an elderly man in a wheelchair is the “fondling” referred to here, in a sentence that includes
        sodomy, rape, child molestation etc. than I can’t change your mind.
        Simply step to the side or adjust his hand. Worth an eye roll, not outrage.
        That this woman went to the press instead to garner national headlines is overblown and self-serving. I think it’s stupid and embarrassing and dilutes the horror of sexual assault.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        A woman’s intimate parts were touched without her consent repeatedly. If that doesn’t trouble you, I can’t change your mind. However, your mind isn’t the determining factor in what makes something sexual assault or not. The law sides with me.

        What I think dilutes the horror of sexual assault is people shaming the victims for speaking up. How is this any different from “grab ‘em by the p*ssy”, except for that it is the back and not the front? The truly self-serving thing is grabbing the intimate area of someone’s body who hasn’t given you permission. That you’d use “self serving” against Heather is mind boggling.

      • LadyT says:

        My post is about a woman saying an immobile man “touched her from behind.” Because that’s what she said. You chose to change the story into her being forced to endure having her intimates parts grabbed to make your point. Even referenced grab em by the pussy for good measure. Big difference and not what she said or what I addressed.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        She said “he sexually assaulted me”. Did you miss that part? Go ahead and read her comments again. You are trying to dismiss her words and somehow rearrange the situation in order to make it not so. I listened to her and I believe her.

        You seem to be saying that a woman can’t be sexually assaulted while being touched from behind. Why are you stretching so hard?

  27. A says:

    A touch (somewhere, does she ever say where?) and a dirty joke is “sexual assault”? Oh come ON.

  28. Moon Beam says:

    This has happened to me more than once with older men, and I also just chalked it up to being normal and the “dirty old man” stereotype. An unwanted embrace, a pat on the butt etc. And the off color jokes. I think we have to remember that this stuff is not normal and we shouldn’t just brush it off as old men being old men and “flirting” like I have in the past.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yup. We don’t exist to make old men feel “attractive.”

      I was at a kids’ party recently and some middle-aged, pot-bellied putz told me how women wearing high heels was “good for him.” I must have stared blankly at him whilst figuring out what to say. He got uncomfortable and went on to explain, “I’m a man, so it looks good to me.” I did the best I could to burst his bubble but, sheesh, if he hadn’t been another guest and if the music hadn’t been so loud, it would be have been such a pleasure to explain to him a) I was surprised to hear him call himself a man, and b) nothing about looking at him was good for any woman.

      Hindsight is better than dealing with those a–holes in the present, but there’s always that “I wish I could just slap him” feeling.

      This all came up because 2 Canadian provinces have banned companies from being able to require women (or men, I guess!) from wearing high heels. Yay!

    • Jamie42 says:

      Actually, in chalking it up to old age, in showing some compassion for individuals and family members dealing with this sort of senile decline, you were acting appropriately. Cherishing the anger for four years, being triggered by a group photo, and then posting that you were “sexually assaulted” on instagram, is not handling it well.

      • emilybyrd says:

        What about showing some compassion for the woman who was touched from behind? It’s not her fault that the family decides to roll out some old dude who can’t keep his hands or his inappropriate comments to himself.

      • Jamie42 says:

        Emilybyrd, I truly think anyone can recover from a butt grab (if that’s what happened). If she can’t then she is too fragile to live in this world. Or to put it another way: if this is the worst thing that ever happens to her, she is damn lucky.

        But old age and dementia are terminal. Clearly you don’t understand or have compassion for the elderly, who lose both their cognitive and physical functions and are intermittently aware of their loss and embarrassed by it. Clearly you would lock the elderly up in a closet somewhere until they die.

        As you may have guessed, the ageism on display in this thread has angered me greatly. I’m not going to tell you why. But I’m disgusted by the lack of empathy for the elderly and their families.

      • Rose says:

        @ Jamie42

        I’m disgusted by your lack of empathy for the Heather and as multiple people post above he has a history of this she is not the only one, so no this is not a case of dementia are terminal.

    • Giddy says:

      My father was so embarrassed when he was called to my grandfather’s assisted living home to ask him to speak to my grandfather about his sexually suggestive things he said to the few younger women who worked there. I remember being very confused about it, and my mother explained that older men became “silly” about young women. She said that she had seen it so many times. I’m hoping that future generations of old men act differently, because we taught our sons to respect the opposite sex.

  29. Jess says:

    Ugh, so many stories in these comments! Why do we brush this off as just “dirty old men”!? Do men think once they hit a certain age that grabbing women and telling inappropriate jokes is ok? Even my dad says sh*t like we better get him a hot young nurse to sponge bathe him once he’s old and senile.

    Working in urgent care and giving shots in the ass I’ve noticed something, men will almost ALWAYS drop their pants down to the ground so their penis and balls are visible to me. I very clearly state every time, “just slightly pull your bottoms down a bit on one side, it doesn’t have to be far”, and they still drop em. I swear it’s because they want to and enjoy making women uncomfortable, or they feel proud of their penis and want me to see? Women do not do this, I actually have to ask them to come down further, they are much more reserved and shy about people seeing their bottoms and often apologize for how their bodies look, it makes me sad, and kinda mad!

  30. wend says:

    “Sexual assault”? oh, okay

  31. Dinma says:

    I work in care homes, and this is common with eldery men especially dementia or just plain old. Sometimes all you have to do it try and talk some sense to them, they end up apologetic but will still forget the next day. Its like a cycle but u learn not to take it personal as it comes with job

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      If this is true — and we don’t know if it is — then they should either stop rolling him out and pretending he’s okay, or tell the truth about his condition, and for pity’s stake stop putting him next to women other than his wife and daughters. The family’s limited and non-apology tells us that this was a conscious, purposeful act. They know.

  32. Joannie says:

    I had a run in with a woman traffic controller one muddy day. She was simply being miserable. When I told my boss about it he said “oh I would have loved to see you in a bikini mud wrestle with her”. My thought was what a dumb comment and considered who it came from. There is no way he would ever approach me in an indecent way as he was very happily married. So I ask at what point do you consider it sexual assault or is it poor behaviour by an asshole? There is a difference between what happened to me and the woman Harvey Weinstein assaulted. Sometimes I think women shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to issues such as this. There’s got to be a line drawn. Neither action was appropriate. But for me I dont consider myself to be harmed or insulted by what my boss said. He’s just stupid.

    • M&M says:

      Wow. Yes. That is very stupid. I don’t know if it’s assault but it certainly is on the cusp of harassment and inappropriate behavior.
      Just watch how he talks to you.
      I had a partner tell me once at an office party that he was attracted to me. Not that he finds me attractive but that he is attracted to me.
      I chose to let it go because yes, way older man and lots of alcohol flowing. He’s never done anything disrespectful to me.
      But if I would have bitten? Given the slightest encouragement?
      Someone else might bite just like someone else at your office might also.
      I’ve seen affairs in offices between way older men and younger women that have left me baffled for years.

    • Jaded says:

      I had a boss, 10 years ago, who was the Sr. VP of HR for a large media company. We called him the “terminator” because he would not tolerate a smidgen of sexually harassing behaviour on the job. He would bring in well-known speakers on the subject regularly and everyone had to sign a binding “respect in the workplace” agreement when they were hired. Guess what he did? Sent out an email to a group of his buddies in the company and industry pretending to be me that was sexually vulgar and explicit. He forgot to delete it as soon as it got sent and a few of the guys responded. Because I had to monitor his emails when he was out of the office I read it. I then updated my procedures manual, finished up any outstanding work on my desk, put my out of office notifications on, sent myself a copy of said email as well as printed out several copies, went home and hired a lawyer. Got a good settlement too!

      The point of this story is sexual assault can cover anything from an off-colour joke, inappropriate comments on your appearance, inappropriate touching, leering, even an email can be assault.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think I’d refer to that as harassment, rather than assault. I feel like assault comes into play when something physical happens.
        Both are horrible, of course.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “The point of this story is sexual assault can cover anything from an off-colour joke, inappropriate comments on your appearance, inappropriate touching, leering, even an email can be assault.”

        No, it can’t. Stop trying to diminish the crimes against others. Jokes, comments on your appearance and leering are harassment. Inappropriate touching IS sexual assault.

      • Jaded says:

        I am in no way diminishing the severity of a physical assault. I have been physically assaulted several times. Once when I was only 12. But having to leave a job I loved because of a lurid, sexually explicit and vulgar email purporting to come from me that went to 6 or 7 senior executives in the company that I had to work with on a daily basis was an assault on my integrity, my hard work and my dignity, plain and simple.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        My apologies, Jaded, for misinterpreting your comment. I thought that you were commenting on the overuse of the term “assault”. I am sorry for my lack of empathy and for letting other comments influence my interpretation of your comment. You did not deserve that. I should read more carefully, especially when commenting on such an important topic.

        Yes, I do agree that even if it isn’t physical, this kind of treatment can still do great harm to the victims. It can have a profound impact on their lives, even if there is no physical contact.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “So I ask at what point do you consider it sexual assault or is it poor behaviour by an asshole”

      See the definition of sexual assault from the Department of Justice that I posted above.

      What happened to you was sexual harassment. He didn’t touch you without consent, so it wasn’t assault.

  33. courtney says:

    cue the men on twitter telling me he’s senile… right cause he has the mental capacity to sign up for skydiving and public engagements but not to know its wrong to grope? right… so gross

  34. Kathryn says:

    wow. just read about Jennifer Fitzgerald and watched the Teri hatcher video…

  35. Sometimes the elderly lose many of their social filters says:

    I am not a Republican and I never voted for either Bush. I’m not writing about George H. W. Bush or anyone else except for my mother, who is 94 and wheel chair bound, and the father of a friend who was approximately the same age (88-90) of the former President when he made inappropriate sexual remarks to women. I have spoken to my mother’s gerontologist, a physician, about her lack of social filters. She is often inappropriate in public. When I call it to her attention she is completely unaware of her behavior or she can become argumentative. She has made inappropriate rude remarks to medical personnel. Most of the time I cut her off in mid-sentence by asking the doctor a pertinent question. Sometimes I apologize for her. She accuses a caregiver who visits my home of cheating at Scrabble. Don’t laugh but my mother is suspicious of her caregiver looking up words in the dictionary as they play Scrabble. She does not remember doing any of this within a day or so. My mom has vascular dementia.
    My friend’s father had Alzheimer disease. He lived a very expensive place for Alzheimer’s patients and for elderly people who had other issues or whose family did not want to keep them at home. It takes a great deal of emotional and physical stamina as well as patience when they are wheelchair bound. My friend’s father would ask women to do certain things to him and the employees of the very expensive placed he lived wanted him to leave the residence because of his requests. He would also walk away from the residence and walk for miles. He did not know where he was going. Once the employees of the residence consulted with the appropriate geriatric professional they found a better way to handle the behavior.
    Again, I am not speaking about the elder President George H. W. Bush, I don’t know him or his family. Because of his age and his health when the incident occurred, I thought of another plausible explanation for the behavior. When a person is elderly has not been in the best of health for a prolonged period the behavior you observe may be due to something other than perversion. It doesn’t mean the person did not behave as reported but it may mean neurological changes are the root of the behavior. Each family has to handle the behavior to the best of their ability. None of this means I am correct, I’m just sayin.

    • Jessica says:

      I agree he has lost his social filter but I think he has a very light history of being handsy with younger women and having affairs as well. It’s not just his age, this is kind of his persona. I’m just not going to dwell on this because of his age.

    • jwoolman says:

      Bush Sr has done this before long before he was in a wheelchair. Knowledgeable people have been scrutinizing his behavior and language for signs of encroaching dementia (considering all the signs of cognitive decline in Trump) and seem satisfied that so far he hasn’t shown signs. I think he’s just always been this way. Nobody has discussed it in public before, most likely. The floodgates have opened and men (and their protective wives) are going to have to deal with it.

  36. Anastasia says:

    Once when I was about 40, I went to a bar with some girlfriends to play trivia. As soon as I got up to the bar to order drinks, this older very heavy man grabbed my hand hard enough that it hurt and pressed it up to his—fupa, I guess you’d say. His fat lump just above his genitals. He kept demanding that I sing for him, kept asking what my drink was, that he’d buy me a drink.

    I kept trying to pull my hand away, but DAMN he had an iron grip. And I kept saying no thank you, probably half a dozen times. Finally my girlfriend came over, put her arm around me and said, “We’re together, please let her go.” (We weren’t, I’ve been married forever, and she’s engaged.) Instead of accepting this, his eyes LIT UP, he grabbed HER hand and said “that’s ok, the more the merrier!”

    At that point I was able to rip my hand out of his grip (and off his body) and pull my friend away.
    First thing she asked me is why I didn’t just say I was married.

    BECAUSE MY NO SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH. If I had said I was married, I’m pretty sure he would have stopped, but that’s accepting ANOTHER MAN’S NO, not my no. My no should be enough.

    I don’t know why I’m telling this. This post just made me think of it.

    • Kitten says:

      I’ve pulled the “I’m married” card many times and it rarely if ever works. Usually I am met with “That’s ok, I don’t mind” or “That’s ok. I am, too”.

      But your larger point that we shouldn’t HAVE to make excuses is the one we need to focus on.

    • Christin says:

      If you had said you were married, he might have made a remark about, “Well, why are you here?” or other nonsense. Completely agree that your NO should have been enough.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      These posts are triggering so many memories for so many of us. You’re not alone-I started a list today of everything I have remembered since the Weinstein assaults came out. We’ve all coped with the casual harassment and assault in the best ways we know how, and now we finally have an outlet. I think our minds encourage us to try not to dredge up the trauma every day so that we can just get through our days.
      *sigh*

  37. bv says:

    His inappropriate behavior could be due to Frontal Lobe Dysfunction.

    He is 93 and in a wheelchair: He is clearly unwell.

  38. unmade_bed says:

    The other day my 81-year-old grandmother tagged along with my husband and I to show a house (we’re real-estate brokers), and she yelled at him, across the yard, from the car (in front of our clients), “Nice shape, D____! You keep that shape!” We were slightly embarrassed, but mostly thought it was funny.

  39. Michelle says:

    Back many years ago, I worked at a big plumbing company which was very male dominated. I was in my early 20s at the time and I am sure that some unsavory things were said behind my back. I recall the top salesman in our office told a customer in front of me that I was not ‘lily white” because I lived with my boyfriend at the time. I was shocked at the statement, but was too dumb/naïve to do anything about it. Luckily I left that company shortly after that and have never looked back. I just hope Karma has gotten him in some way. shape, or form.

  40. SunBo says:

    Starting late and not even reading comments first. I’m a nurse and have had hundreds of elderly patients. First, you don’t know his diagnosis. I do m ow Dementia is a real thing. Alzheimer’s is, too. Barbara may have rolled her eyes because she was embarrassed!
    I had a patient grab a syringe from my hand and stabbed me with it. I wasn’t mad at him, nor scared, thereafter. A week later I gave him CPR.
    MY OWN GRANDFATHER got grabby with me because he didn’t realize who I was half the time. And i would have NEVER brought it up to him when he was having a good day. Medical diseases and disorders are real. Have some respect and think first.

    • Rose says:

      You don’t know if he has Dementia or Alzheimer’s so why are you a person who has never meet him and is not his doctor diagnosing him from a computer screen??? Guess what SEXIAL ASSAULT IS REAL!!! He also has a history of assaulting women in his younger age.p

      People don’t role their eyes from embarrassment, my god are you stretching.

  41. neboixa says:

    He and Reagan were Bohemian Grove members ….parties and sex with minors….so not surprised..