A week has passed since the Daily Mail broke the news of domestic abuse allegations against now former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

The next day, Colbie Holderness, Porter’s first wife, released photos of herself with a badly bruised eye.

Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second wife, confirmed that abuse was the cause of her divorce from Porter. In the wake of his resignation, Porter denied all allegations.

Both women have now written about their experiences for major national publications, Holderness for The Washington Post and Willoughby for Time.

“For me, living in constant fear of Rob’s anger and being subjected to his degrading tirades for years chipped away at my independence and sense of self-worth,” Holderness writes in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday. “I walked away from that relationship a shell of the person I was when I went into it, but it took me a long time to realize the toll that his behavior was taking on me. (Rob has denied the abuse, but Willoughby and I know what happened.)”

Holderness also discusses reporting abuse, being doubted and life after abuse.

In a piece for Time, Willoughby addresses President Donald Trump’s defense of Porter in a tweet that suggests he believes recent allegations against multiple White House staffers to be false.


Willoughby writes that “the issue here is deeper than whether Trump, or General John Kelly, or Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Senator Orrin Hatch, or Hope Hicks, or whether anyone else believes me or defends Rob.

“Society as a whole has a fear of addressing our worst secrets. (Just ask any African-American citizen). It’s as if we have a societal blind spot that creates an obstacle to understanding. Society as a whole doesn’t acknowledge the reality of abuse.”

Holderness writes about never imagining herself in the situation she’s in now.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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