In the past few years, there’s been multiple victims of sexual assault survivors coming out about their attack, some even against big-name actors like Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey (still uncharged). More shockingly were the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump before and during his presidency. Now, there’s a Supreme Court nominee who is now facing a total of three sexual assault allegations, dating back 30 plus years ago. The first assault reported was against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who not only passed a lie detector test but also has therapy documentation of being assaulted at the party she describes.
Deborah Ramirez describes a case in college where Kavanaugh took off his pants and underwear in front of her and put his groin in her face. Other students in the dorm’s hall not only witnessed the event but repeated it around the dorm building. Despite Kavanaugh being described as more pleasant and quieter when sober, when intoxicated he was described as “aggressive and even belligerent”. And the last accusation, from Julie Swetnick, describes Kavanaugh being present and partaking in the spiking of drinks at parties to then gang rape girls — and she was one of the victims of this practice.
President Trump has said many things about the alleged assaults. On October 1st, 2018, he said that he was unsure of whether or not Julie Swetnick was going to testify (he referred to Swetnick as the “third accuser”) and that while he didn’t know much about her, he had heard that she was an “uncredible” source. He’s asked about whether or not he’ll release the full findings and FBI report post-investigation, and instead of answering he deflects by saying that he’s waiting for the results just like the rest of us and that if the report “doesn’t come out like it should – like I hope it does, it’s something I’ll take into consideration.” Something upsetting throughout this entire process is the knowledge that most presidents and politicians would not be willing to drag their own name through the mud for a Supreme Court Justice nominee, especially for a nominee accused by now multiple women of sexual assault. Trump even admitted that he has no backup plan for a Supreme Court Judge, which leads people to assume the worst: even if Kavanaugh is guilty, Trump still has no backup plan, and could very much so still choose him since he believes in Kavanaugh’s innocence.
Kavanaugh has also been lashing out throughout his healing process, and even went as far as making the allegation that Dr. Christine Ford was simply a political pawn, and that the women coming forward are just being used by the democratic or left-side who are angry at Trump and ultimately the results of the election. He has struggled to keep his composure throughout the process, while also disrespecting the victims throughout.
The problem with this Supreme Court choice isn’t just the allegations and the possibility that these allegations are true, but it’s the larger problem striking again and again that allows Trump and his administration (and himself) to get away with sexual assault and harassment. It reinforces that too many people in political positions of power are okay with sexual predators running large parts of this country, and allowing someone facing several allegations of sexual assault and witnesses backing up a drinking issue only makes the problem worse. It grows more and more likely that sexual assault accusations aren’t going to affect Trump’s choices, but the general public continues to dispute the timing of when the allegations surfaced. What it looks like is that not one of these victims wanted to come out against Kavanaugh ever, because he was powerful as a judge before, but now that he has the potential to sit in the highest court of the nation, they’re afraid of more women like them being negatively affected by an alleged sexual predator.
Call your senators to vote no on Kavanaugh, and if you or a loved one has experienced sexual assault, the national 24-hour hotline is 1-800-656-4673.