Victims inspired to tell stories of sexual assault

Victims of sexual abuse, not just those accusing the nominee, have began to speak out.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Ever since the Access Hollywood tape where Donald Trump is heard saying lewd comments was released, women have been opening up about their personal stories of sexual abuse in protest.

A Southeast mother feels more needs to be done and is pushing for greater outreach. She's scheduled a community meeting at D.C. Police's 7th District Headquarters hoping to share her story with others.

"It has to stop. Because I was one of them and I was scared. I didn't know who to go to, where to run to, no money to leave the city to skip town or anything so I stayed," Tamika Bradshaw said.

At 38 years old, Bradshaw said she's been a victim of sexual abuse ever since she was five years old. She said it first started with relatives and then the father of her children.

"I had blood clots inside, outside my head... beat me, stomp me in my ribs, everything. I was literally almost dead," she said describing her worst attack when she was 17 years old.

As a teenager, she said the abuse made her fight.

"I thought it was okay because it started so young and it was like, something I was just used to and then but, at the same time, it was hurting me. It was breaking me down. It scared me. Like I was really scarred. I was suicidal, I was homicidal, I just wanted to do damage to folks because it kept building up," she said.

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Now Bradshaw's at the police station wanting to make a change with a community meeting she's planning on Thursday. She also attended a weekend event where she was inviting parents, but more importantly, their teenage children.

"It's kids out here. It's women my age, it's males out here that need to understand how this can damage a person. So my message going to be strong on Thursday," Bradshaw said.

That message also couldn't be more relevant. The Access Hollywood video surfaced a little over a week ago.

Actress Amber Tamblyn posted her personal abuse story to Instagram. WUSA9's Seattle sister-station, King5, posted a Facebook essay from Washington State's former first lady.

"...I am speaking out now because I am saddened by the tolerance voters have for this man and his values," wrote Mona Lee Locke.

Bradshaw said she's heard about the tape, but can't listen.

"I turn it. Because I'm trying to heal from it...all know is scars, war, war,” she said. “So um, I'm just ready to help somebody. Somebody needs this."


She called the group "SSS" for Strong, Scared, Survivors. Bradshaw said she's hoping to get someone out of their struggle like she got out of hers.

The meeting is expected to take place at a 7D community room at 7:30 p.m. and will include a local non-profit CEO who also plans to share her personal story of sexual abuse.


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