A new accusation of sexual misconduct has surfaced against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This time, it’s an allegation of exposing himself and pushing his penis into the face of a female classmate at Yale. Once again, he was drunk at the time, once he again he says it’s a lie, and once again the right-wing media is going to work, attacking his accuser.
I would caution any woman who wants to come forward, either in support of Dr Christine Ford or this latest victim, who has been identified as Deborah Ramirez, to lawyer up before they make their statements. Ditto for other women Judge Kavanaugh has assaulted. I would not be surprised at all if a lone woman who makes such claims without an attorney to protect her might find herself the object of extreme bullying and threats from Congressional staff, all in an effort to silence her and get her to back down.
It is typical of sexual assault, as in the situation with Dr Christine Ford and in this case, that the so-called “witnesses” are themselves co-perpetrators. Mark Judge, who is often referred to as a “witness” of the assault on Dr Christine Ford, and who conveniently says he “doesn’t remember,” was himself a co-perpetrator. Dr Ford says that he was yelling “go for it” while she was attacked and then jumped on the bed on top of Kavanaugh and her.
The truth is, Deborah Ramirez evidently told a number of people about this attack immediately after it happened, and over 500 women from Dr Ford’s school have signed a letter in support of her.
Our serial sexual predator president — whose victims have also been attacked and disbelieved — is all behind Judge Kavanaugh, and the Republican Senate is pushing full steam ahead to confirm him. Because, you know, he’s the only possible nominee for the Court and if he’s not confirmed and the president has to nominate someone else just like many other presidents have done when a nominee fails to be confirmed, the world will end. Or something like that.
As for me, I think we’ve already got a sexual predator in the White House. I don’t think we need another one on the Supreme Court where he will decide the legal standing of sexual assault victims for generations to come.
You can read about this latest charge here.
This is an interview — a rather hostile interview — with Ronin Farrow about Deborah Ramirez. I am grateful to Ronan Farrow for the work he’s done on behalf of sexual assault victims. And I am in awe of the courage of both these women.