Reporting Sexual Assault

I just filled out a card to send to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, thanking her for her courage to speak out against a man who is now a Supreme Court Justice, who lied under oath during his confirmation hearing. I listened to Brett Kavanaugh insisting that he only drank a few beers while at Yale, but his roommate and others who knew him would have testified (if they had been asked) that Kavanaugh drank excessively and was a drunk—a serious fall-down drunk—and capable of sexual assault . But the old men on the Judiciary Committee were determined to get Kavanaugh on the High Court. They made no real efforts to get to the truth. Nor did Senator Susan Collins.

Although she was not on the committee, Collins was still able to sway the Senate to confirm Kavanagh. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired today Collins said she believed that Ford was sexually assaulted, but stated, “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant.” Senator Collins, since you are so positive about your belief, who the hell was it?

There will not be an answer to that question. Instead, we now have another liar on the High Court (joining Clarence Thomas who lied about sexual harassment), who is backed by a liar in the WH and numerous Republicans who believe liars. Seems futile to care or expect anyone who has been sexually attacked to have any faith in the law.

In the October 4, 2018 issue of the Washington Post an article appeared under this headline: “I Reported My Rapist Today So He Can’t Become A Supreme Court Justice Later.” The writer, Anne Vetter, explained: “The day after the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, I spent the morning on the phone with the Title IX coordinator from my college. I’d never spoken to her before, but I recounted in excruciating detail the two times men raped me while I was in school… I let the campus office of sexual and gender diversity know I had been raped.” Vetter’s reason for the report was Trump’s tweet about Ford: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Vetter took a step that many rape or sexual assault victims are afraid to do, since they are aware that few will believe them. She made sure that someone knew, that a report had been made. As Vetter put it: “There’s nothing I can do to change what happened to me on those two awful nights and the years spent recovering from them. It happened, and a piece of me broke each time. My life was altered forever. My rapists’ should be, too.”

 

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