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Aaron Coleman’s Ex-Girlfriend Says His Misogynist Abuse Didn’t Stop in Middle School

Taylor Passow tells GEN the Kansas congressional candidate attacked her in December

Jessica Valenti
GEN
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4 min readAug 26, 2020

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Photo: Aaron Coleman for Kansas

Aaron Coleman, the 19-year-old who exited and then quickly reentered a race for a Kansas statehouse seat amid revelations of misogynist abuse, has consistently emphasized that he committed those offenses when he was between the ages of 12 and 14, and has not repeated the behavior since.

“From the moment I won, I have endured sustained attacks,” Coleman, a progressive whose platform includes single-payer health care and legalizing cannabis, said in a statement Tuesday announcing his return to the race. The Kansas City Star reported that Coleman had engaged in revenge porn, blackmailing one 12-year-old girl and sharing naked pictures of her to friends and family; bullied another to the point that she attempted suicide; and harassed a third — allegations he admitted to. “I obviously did not expect to have my entire personal life, especially what I did in middle school, put under that kind of national microscope,” Coleman said in Tuesday’s statement.

Now an ex-girlfriend has called his narrative about distant childhood acts into question. Taylor Passow said that Coleman violently attacked her less than a year ago, choking and slapping her when she threatened to break up with him in December. Coleman did not respond to email or phone messages for comment.

Passow, 21, dated Coleman for a little over a month, she said. In late December, she said, she and Coleman rented an Airbnb in Kansas City, Missouri, and were spending time in a hot tub on the property when Coleman started to pressure her into having a threesome. She had made clear she wasn’t interested, “but he kept talking about it,” she said. “So I said, ‘Maybe I can break up with you for your birthday so you can have your threesome.’” Passow also gave her account to The Intercept, which first published some of her allegations on Tuesday night.

At that point, Passow said, Coleman jumped over from his side of the hot tub, choked her, slapped her three times, and said, “Where the fuck you think you’re going?” Passow said she slapped him back and pushed him off…

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Jessica Valenti
GEN
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Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.