The Clinton campaign has removed a statement from its Web site declaring that all survivors of sexual assault “have the right to be believed” — after being reminded that Bill Clinton was accused of rape decades ago.
The passage had been prominently featured on a page dedicated to “campus sexual assault” on HillaryClinton.com.
“I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you,” it read.
But by February, the sentence “You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you” was deleted, BuzzFeed News found.
The deletion came after new attention was focused on Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Bill Clinton of raping her in 1978, when he was the attorney general of Arkansas.
She was 35 at the time and a volunteer in his campaign. He was 31 and married for less than three years.
The incident allegedly occurred in Broaddrick’s hotel room near Little Rock after Bill Clinton invited himself to her room, rather than meet her in the lobby, where he claimed reporters were waiting.