“I was sat down on the seat looking at the floor as he violated me,” the Desperate Housewives star recalls in an open letter to the President of the United States.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his cruel mockery of Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony.
During a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday 2 October, Trump attempted to imitate Ford to a crowd – and, in doing so, heavily insinuated that her allegations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, were false.
“How did you get home?” Trump said, referencing a question Ford was asked by the committee. “I don’t remember. How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know.’ What neighbourhood was it? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know.’”
Continuing to mimic her, Trump added: “But I had one beer - that’s the only thing I remember.”
Now, in a powerful open letter, Teri Hatcher has addressed the president’s behaviour.
“Mr. President Donald Trump, I’d like to take this opportunity to weigh in on the process of recalling a sexual assault,” she wrote, before sharing her own harrowing story of childhood abuse on her Instagram.
Listing everything she can remember about the incident, Hatcher said that she could recall the “erect penis” of her assailant, and the fact “that he was stroking as he sat behind the wheel of the car”.
“‘Do you want to touch it?’ he asked. I said, ‘No’.
“He took my hand to touch it anyway. It was pink. There were tissues. I didn’t know what they were for, but then I did.
“I was face down on the seat looking at the floor as he violated me.
“He said, ‘Do you like how this feels?’ I said ‘No’.
“He said, ‘Someday you will.’”
Hatcher continued: “Here’s what I do NOT remember:
“The address of where it happened.
“How I got there.
“How I got home.
“What day or month it was.
“If anyone was drinking beer.”
Hatcher went on to speak directly to Trump, insisting that just because she can’t remember some of the details, doesn’t mean she is lying about the alleged incident.
“Sadly, myself and then, decades later, teenager Sarah Van Cleemput, were abused by the same man,” she informed the president. “She committed suicide. I battled my demons.
“Mr. President, I am a survivor, who stands available to help you understand the way the memories of a trauma like that work. It might be hard for you to understand. I can readily explain in detail that ‘I don’t remember’ is often the most honest response surrounding questions of an assault.
“It does NOT mean it didn’t happen.”
Hatcher – who captioned her note with the hashtag #MeToo – added: “Please do not add ‘Mocked by President’ to the injury list of a sexual survivor. It’s just plain wrong.”
Hatcher’s post comes shortly after the FBI sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a report following its week-long investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, which he has vehemently denied.
Democrats have slammed the probe as not being comprehensive enough.