One consistent theme in the otherwise unpredictable U.S. election cycle is how the focus keeps returning, again and again, to the sexual indiscretions of men. The trend has diverted attention away from actual policy proposals, it’s detracted from the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s campaign (Emailgate culpability and all), and it’s presented the victims of sexual harassment and assault as nothing more than political pawns.
And one of those victims has had about enough.
Yesterday, the 16-year-old alleged victim of disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner wrote a letter to FBI director James Comey describing what his actions had done to her personally. She criticized the vague language Comey used last week when he told Congress that the FBI had uncovered additional emails to examine as part of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. (The FBI discovered the trove while looking into claims that Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, sent indecent messages to the teenager.) The teenager says the uncertainty of Comey’s statement prompted the media “to keep searching to try and find out what evidence [Comey] had uncovered and how. Every media outlet from local to national has contacted me and my family to get my ‘story.'”
I hope that by making my letter to you public, you will think about how your actions affect the victims of the crimes you are investigating. The election is important, yes, but what happened to me and how it makes me feel and how others see me, is much more important.
Hers is a vital perspective, and it comes from someone who isn’t even old enough to vote.