Watch Brooke Baldwin's powerful monologue about the importance of listening to survivors
Baldwin: "We all have our stories ... This matters. This moment is bigger than politics"
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From the September 28 edition of CNN's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): For so many, this story has reopened deep, painful wounds. During this hearing C-SPAN said callers flooded its talk lines to share their own stories of sexual assault.
This matters. Listening to Professor Ford speak about her desires for a second front door to her home and the rational need for escape many years later, the pain for her and millions of men and women is deeply scarring. This matters. According to the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and incredibly only six out of everyone one thousand rapists will end up in prison. We all have our stories -- the spiked drink, waking up on the cold tiles of a hotel bathroom floor, the uncertainty, the shame, the thought I must have somehow brought this on myself, the silence, distrust and invalidation. This is a pivotal moment in America for all of us. This matters. This moment is bigger than politics, it's about mothers and fathers raising boys to become men. What good comes of all of this? What are we going to learn? It's a generational opportunity to better ourselves and how we relate to each other as women and men. This matters the most.