INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Donald Trump entered Sunday night’s debate facing another controversy, after a newly leaked 2005 recording showed Trump making vulgar comments about women. Now, the tape is sparking plenty of conversations inside Hoosier homes.
Local experts like Carol Juergensen Sheets are trying to help by offering some advice. Sheets is a Psychotherapist known as “Carol the Coach.” She says Trump’s comments show the need for more conversations about women and respect.
“I think the message should be that nobody should objectify you, and that’s a clinical term that means we shouldn’t treat people according to their body parts,” Juergensen Sheets said.
“We’re a society that emphasizes fame, money and power. As long as we emphasize those values, as opposed to kindness and compassion and freedom of speech in a healthy respectful way, we’re going to have problems,” she said.
With so many people talking about the tape and with many videos on the internet, Juergensen Sheets knows some kids will be talking about the issue too. She says parents can handle that conversation in a number of ways.
“There’s no avoidance -- you’re welcome to use the words that somebody else has used, unless they really go against your values, then you say, ‘you know he talked about women’s body parts, and we don’t do that in our house, so I wondered how you felt about the fact that he did that,’” she said.
“If they don’t want to talk about it, don’t pressure them. I really admire kids though that do come and talk to their parents, that really signifies a good relationship.”