DNC rips White House for removing sexual assault report on website


The Democratic National Committee (DNC) slammed the Trump administration on Thursday for appearing to remove a 2014 report on sexual assault. 

“Survivors of sexual assault have endured a trauma most of us could never imagine. They deserve support, care, and compassion from their community. Instead, the Trump administration has consistently and willfully ignored their rights,” the DNC said in a statement. 

“Removing this report is the latest example of the Trump administration’s efforts to systematically undermine critical policies that protect survivors and combat sexual violence,” the statement continued. 

The committee’s scathing criticism comes after a civil rights attorney noticed on Wednesday that a report titled “Rape and Sexual Assault: Renewed Call to Action,” was nowhere to be found on the White House’s website. 


However, the report can be found on the Obama White House’s archived website.

“At the conclusion of a Presidential Administration, web content from that Administration is archived by NARA and typically made available on an archived website,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.

“The policy, process, and extent of archiving of Obama Administration content was determined by the Obama Administration, in consultation with NARA and other stakeholders,” the statement continued. 

The report’s findings included facts and statistics about sexual assault and offered ways that law enforcement and college campuses can improve in fighting sexual violence.  

It is important to note that every new administration starts with a fresh website. It is unclear when the report was removed from the website.

However, the removal of the sexual assault report comes as the Trump administration has removed various other pieces of information from its websites. 

References to “climate change” were recently removed from parts of The National Institutes of Health’s Environmental Health Science division website.


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