This Is The Face of a Sexual Predator.

Pax Ahimsa Gethen
3 min readMay 10, 2023
Official presidential portrait of Donald Trump (public domain photo).

Today, a civil jury found that former president Donald Trump sexually abused advice columnist E Jean Carroll. They deliberated for less than three hours before delivering their verdict, making Trump the first former U.S. president to be legally declared a sexual predator. The court awarded Carroll five million dollars in damages.

Though I believed Carroll from the start, I was not expecting the jury’s verdict to come so quickly. As I am a survivor of long-term sexual abuse, and suffered targeted online abuse related to this during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, this news has brought on an onslaught of emotions.

Though the jury did not find that Trump raped Carroll, I am glad she at least got the judgment that she did. Sadly, I don’t expect her to see a dime of the damages — which would be mere pennies for him — any time soon.

And more sadly, even if Trump is forced to pay up, I don’t expect the judgment will have much, if any, effect on his standings in the 2024 presidential race. His supporters will either continue to believe that Carroll is lying, or, worse…