A Reaction to Accusations, Assault, and Associate Justice Kavanaugh

A Reaction to Accusations, Assault, and Associate Justice Kavanaugh October 6, 2018

After a very heated period of time…it is done. Associate Justice Kavanaugh it is. This was a tough one for many people. Personally, I found Dr. Ford to be credible and compelling. I also found Judge Kavanaugh to be. He has previously gone through 6 FBI investigations (and they don’t just talk to people who like you) and answered hundreds of questions. During all of that time, there were no concerns whatsoever related to the accusations raised by Ford and others. Then, when this accusation was disclosed, there was a hearing on the issue between Ford and Kavanaugh, and the FBI also investigated. Ultimately, they found no corroboration. The democrats received everything they asked for…except for a “no” vote on a Trump pick.

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Like many of you, I have read a great deal about this situation. I’ve listened to opinions and voices of others, many of whom shared their horrifying stories of sexual assault. Believe it or not, they don’t all think just alike regarding this case. People are torn and hurt, on both sides of the aisle and in-between. Supporting Judge Kavanaugh does not mean you are against women or that you don’t believe or support survivors – it has more to do with the process of law that our country follows. It’s not a perfect system by any means, but wouldn’t it be scary if an accusation was all that was needed to “take someone down.” Yet, we know it happens. Look at the innocent people later vindicated – including those who were found to be innocent of accusations of sexual assault or rape. Famous cases such as Emmet Till and the Duke lacrosse players, but there are others.

We also know that more often than not accusations are true and far too many people get away with sexual crimes.

Not believing Dr. Ford’s testimony or thinking this may be a case of mistaken identity is notsaying you “don’t believe survivors.” It’s saying you are not sure about the truth of this one case. I can easily admit I don’t know the facts. At different times, I have defended both Ford and Kavanaugh. But the reality is that sexual assault is real and happens every day. We should be very careful how we talk about these issues because there is 100% guarantee that someone you know has been sexually traumatized. Make it safe for them to disclose to you. Love them. Support them. As a counselor and social worker, I do believe my clients when they disclose this to me. It is not my job to investigate their claims. Besides, I already know they have no motive other than to receive help. So, I join them in their journey towards healing. If you have been sexually traumatized, please seek counseling and justice. You deserve both.

Finally, we know that our country is deeply divided along partisan lines. For many, it seems the truth wouldn’t make a difference anyway…they are going to support their party and oppose the other party. It should not be this way. I have prayed many times that the truth would be revealed, regardless of which side it landed on. Honestly, I still don’t know the truth. Only a few people do, and yet both parties were treated terrible by an awful lot of people. From here, I will continue to pray for Dr. Ford as she moves on with her life and I will continue to pray for Justice Kavanaugh as he begins his new work as a member of the Supreme Court of the United States. I hope you’ll join me.

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  • ounbbl

    For 7 decades of my life I thought ‘demon’ was real but only as something in the story or in the Bible. But now I know what a demon is. It’s a human. They are plenty around us. It’s under the name of ‘Demoncrats’ or ‘Damn-O.K.-Rats’. They are among those I will be seeing in the frozen hell.

  • Joseph r carreiro sr

    When you disagree with a radical Muslim,they want to kill,when you disagree with a radical Democrat they want to Impeach.Does this mean by any chance “My way or the Highway”. Vote Red in November and if you the do Democrats will say hit the Highway and don,t come back.Just a thought.

  • Jacob

    An anguished question from a Trump supporter: “Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?”

    The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters – the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don’t…

    That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.”

    That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.”

    That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”

    That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.”

    That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you chirped, “He sure knows me.”

    That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, “That’s cool!”

    That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.

    That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”

    That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.”

    That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!”

    That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!”

    That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!”

    That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.”

    That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!”

    That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!”

    That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.”

    That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!”

    That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that they’re just “animals” – and you say, “well, ok then.”

    That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.

    What you don’t get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable.

    Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.

    ***

    Original post by Adam-Troy Castro.

  • Jacob

    I was 18-19 when I first understood what sexual abuse was. An employee of mine came to me and told me her grandfather had been sexually abusing her since she was a child. The next woman told me her brother had abused her, the next victim, the abuser had been her father, eventually I heard about uncles, teachers and date rape. Several dozen woman have come to me over the years and told me their secret, most of them said they had never told anyone, I am honored they felt like they could tell me. I have been in relationship’s with victim’s and this shit has haunted them for years and for many takes years to build up the courage to let someone know. They know all to well that they will be treated like Dr. ford.

    You are damn right I took this issue personal, it has affected the lives of too many woman I know. They are never the same…ever. I get angry when you pathetic Faux News sheep say this was all about Dr. Ford and he said, she said… at least 5 woman have accused him of this kind of behavior…high school and college classmates have come forward to attest to the fact that he was a black out drunk, as a matter of fact several of his drinking buddies took out an opp ed and said he lied repeatedly under oath…he of course had no desire for an FBI investigation…an innocent man doesn’t cry like a baby and rant and rave like a drunk…was he on his period, he sure dose not have the temperament to serve on the supreme court… over 1000 churches called for him to withdraw..over 650 law professors called for him to withdraw..the past president of the college were he taught calls him unfit for the court…A retired Republican supreme court judge says he is unfit for the bench…and btw little deplorable while you are talking about delays…Merrick Garland was never voted on and delayed by Republican’s for 293 days…one other thing poor misinformed Faux simpleton…remember all the screaming about Hillary’s emails..the very same traitors that have screamed about that can not seem to find tens of thousands of emails from your little lying, virgin rapist, entitled frat boy…emails that by law should be saved and easily available…

  • tovlogos

    “Finally, we know that our country is deeply divided along partisan lines. For many, it seems the truth wouldn’t make a difference anyway…
    they are going to support their party and oppose the other party. It should not be this way. I have prayed many times that the truth would be revealed,”
    Truth? John Lennon once wrote a song asking just that.
    “it seems the truth wouldn’t make a difference anyway…” Of course not. There was a famous man who asked the same question:

    John 18:37-38: “Then You are a king!” Pilate said. ‘You say [correctly] that I am a king,’ Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice. What is truth?” Pilate asked. And having said this, he went out again to the Jews and told them, ‘I find no basis for a charge against Him…'”

    Yet they charged Him — and murdered HIm, as we have done for two thousand years. I am not comparing today’s temporal wars with the warfare
    beyond the world’s discernment, because that war is about good against evil — our ideological differences are not as precisely about good and evil since
    we all fall short of the glory of God; nevertheless, there is no mistaking the fist-raising of liberalism toward heaven.

    So then, what if Trump were to have lost the election in 2016, would the world have gone to hell by now? No, only because the Holy Spirit
    still does His job of leading us — John 16:7–12: “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
    I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…”

    It’s safe to say we see the truth of what’s unfolding in this world from heaven’s perspective — for one, Matthew 24.
    We we will continue to trust the Holy Spirit to guide us to the bitter end and God’s original plan would have been carried forward
    without a hitch. Amen.