The Hollywood empire crumbles while women who feel like they've been victims of sexual assault or harassment are speaking out in mass numbers. Danielle Young, writer for The Root, is no different. She wrote a story that accuses Reverend Jesse Jackson of sexual harassment. The accusation suggests that Jackson allegedly inappropriately touched her on the thigh as the pair took a photograph at an event in which Jackson was a speaker in 2014. .This incident has rubbed her the wrong way and she's now letting the world know about it.
She describes Jackson's thigh grab and seems like she was uninterested in the physicality of the incident, although she laughed it off while feeling uncomfortable on the inside. She was at an event and people were lined up to snap photographs with Jackson. It was her turn to take a picture and she experienced a little more than a friendly photograph.
"I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, “I like all of that right there!” and gave my thigh a tight squeeze."
Some might consider that a compliment. Some consider that harassment. It all depends on if the person being grabbed is interested in the person grabbing. If a female celebrity grabbed a chunky man, then he might be into it. It's entirely subjective. However, she was there for a photograph, not a groping session, and there was no verbal foreplay or drinks. I don't think he bought her dinner either, so the advances are essentially creepy. Had Jackson grabbed her thigh while the pair chat up a storm over several glasses of wine and dinner for two, then I'd say it's flirtatious and fair game. For two strangers to take a picture together and the non-celebrity person gets groped is a bit creepy.
I was shocked, to say the least. Even though Jackson had had his hand reached out, I had no idea that he would touch me in a sexual way.
I did what most women in an uncomfortable position do: I giggled. And I continued to giggle as he pulled me in closer, stared down at my body, smiled and told me he was only kidding. The entire time, my co-worker snapped photos.
I'm not sure most women giggle when they're being groped by a creeper. I don't know for sure as I'm not the creeper nor the woman, so I really have no room to speak in that department. However, Jackson probably should keep his hands to himself and not frisk everyone he takes a picture with.
Breitbart reached out to Jesse Jackson and his representative responded with an apology suggesting that Jackson doesn't recall the event, but is sorry for any pain caused.
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