Top women’s groups are silent about a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — a stark contrast to how such groups treated allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, Fox News informed.
Requests for comment from Fox News to the National Organization for Women, the Women’s March, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood for America and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) were not returned. Such groups have been active in the #MeToo movement.
Daily Beast also did not receive statement from 10 national women’s organizations about the allegations by former staffer Tara Reade that have gained steam in the last week.
Reade, a former Biden staffer, has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 — an allegation the former vice president’s campaign has firmly denied.
But her allegations have received some support in the form of a resurfaced “Larry King Live” interview that appears to show Reade’s mother referring to the accusation, albeit in vague terms. Additionally, two more people who knew Reade have come forward to say she told them about the allegation at the time.
Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept on March 24. Podcast host Katie Halper then interviewed Reade, who said that in 1993, a more senior member of Biden’s staff asked her to bring the then-senator his gym bag near the U.S. Capitol building, which led to the encounter in question.
“He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing,” Reade told Halper. “There was no, like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall.”
She continued: “His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers and he was kissing me at the same time and he was saying some things to me.”
Reade said she made an attempt to share her story last year, but nobody listened to her. Earlier this month, she filed a criminal complaint against Biden with police in Washington, D.C.