Criticism of Andrew Cuomo’s defense

(New York) Andrew Cuomo claims his actions were misinterpreted and his words misunderstood. He argues that it was cultural: he hugs, he kisses, he says “Ciao, bella” – that’s how he is. He also believes that it is a question of generation: sometimes he pours into the “treasure”, sometimes he tells inappropriate jokes.

Posted on Aug 5, 2021 at 4:16 pm

Jocelyn Noveck and Mallika Sen Associated Press

But of all the responses from the New York State Governor to the results of the investigation that he sexually molested 11 women, the one that shocked many women – especially victims of sexual assault – the most was that he used the sexual assault of a family member to protect himself own to explain behavior with one of his accusers.

The allegations, which the investigators confirm, ranged from inappropriate comments to forced kisses and uninvited touch.

In a statement taped Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately but apologized to two prosecutors, including former policy officer Charlotte Bennett. He claims he asked Ms. Bennett about her love life at the time to help her cope with the trauma of a past sexual assault. He spoke of someone in his family, about the same age as them, who had been sexually assaulted in high school.

“We will not be moved by Governor Cuomo’s attempts to use victims’ accounts, including those of those he molested, as a shield for his own wrongdoing and abuse of power, as he claims the harassment was a” misunderstanding. ” ” been. write the National Center for Women’s Rights and several survivors’ organizations in an open letter calling for the resignation or removal of the democratic governor.

Tarana Burke, a victim and activist who found her name in the #metoo movement, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that “Abusers, whatever their personal stories, don’t make themselves the center of the narrative Cases of abuse should pose “Aggression: It is the victims’ stories that need to be brought forward”.

“There are 11 women whose stories have been confirmed who have been molested by the governor. His family history doesn’t relieve him and he can’t use someone else’s trauma as a shield, ”says Burke.

For Emily Martin, vice president of the National Center for Women’s Rights, Cuomo seeks to portray herself as “a heroine for sexual assault survivors, a particularly troubling choice given all that the report uncovered.”

When asked by the PA immediately about the governor’s testimony, Ms. Bennett herself described her ex-boss’s apology as “insignificant.” She believes that if Mr. Cuomo really did “sorry” he would resign.

On ABC, she said on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo “advises that trauma and sexual assault survivors cannot tell the difference between mentoring or guidance and actual sexual harassment.”

“Which not only offends me, but every survivor who heard it yesterday. “

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