Local organization using Trump’s controversial comments to educate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Four days after the video was leaked, the comments Donald Trump made about women 10 years ago are still stirring up strong feelings.Many view the Republican presidential candidate’s comments about unwanted contact as sexual assault.

The Well House in Leeds works with victims of human trafficking. They are calling this a learning moment. Using Trump’s so called — locker room talk — as a moment to educate.

Trump was recorded without his knowledge back in 2005 while on Access Hollywood. He was overheard talking to then-host Billy Bush about what he thinks of women.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything,” Trump said in the recording. He’s since apologized.

“I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never ever let you down,” Trump said in a recorded statement.

The fallout is already starting. Some republicans are backing away from the GOP presidential candidate. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked about it Tuesday morning.

“It’s completely indefensible and I won’t defend it and haven’t defended it,” Christie said.

“We, as a staff and our colleagues, already had concerns even before Mr. Trump’s comments were made that women were not being esteemed as they should have,” Carol Potter said. She’s the Executive Director of The Well House.

“You know, we get the victims who’ve been coerced and forced and controlled to sell themselves and for us that’s the epitome of sexual assault,” Potter said. She believes that Trump’s negative comments can be turned into positive discussion.

“Here’s an opportunity for everybody, whether it be the republicans or the democrat side, to say you know what this is not right. Let’s address it. Let’s deal with and let’s change our behaviors and help change the mindset of the whole country,’ Potter said.

If you want more information about The Well House, visit their website. 

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