a reply to: JAGStorm
Its much easier to establish reasoning and commonality between the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, and the wider picture of sexual assault as a
topic in general, when you accept that even now, in this more supposedly enlightened and more equal age in which we are living, over sixty percent of
sexual assault goes unreported in the United States. That is, even rapes and sexual assaults besides, that occur in the States this week, will only be
reported thirty some percent of the time.
It is one of the most under reported crimes in your country today.
The same holds true this side of the pond, where EIGHTY percent of sexual assault and rape goes unreported. It is an indictment of the backward
nature of law, the tendency of authority figures to be less than willing to go after those who commit these offences, that the figures should be so
low. I want to live in a world where those who have been victimised, have a voice and feel free to use it, knowing that those they speak the truth to
will hear it, and then act upon it.
Another way to look at this is as follows.
So a terrible thing happens one night, in a persons youth. The victim and perpetrator go their entirely separate ways for the rest of their lives,
the victim having come to the conclusion that given the parlous state of conviction rates for the crime in question, the best the victim can hope to
do, is get past the damage somehow, and make a life for themselves in spite of it. The victim is if not content with that, then at least grudgingly
accepts that this is their life now, and whatever comes of it comes of it. They settle into getting their education, they set up a life and a career
for themselves, decades pass.
All of a sudden, they hear a name they have not heard for decades, in the same sentence as the words "supreme court nominee". They hear the name of
the person who wronged them, being named as a potential occupier of a lifetime seat, on the highest court in their land, the name of a person whose
qualification for the position is null and void because of the suffering they caused the victim. Naturally, the victim will relive the event in their
head, as they may well have on many prior occasions, but this time the reliving is all the more like knives in the guts, because they know that this
person may well become one of the most powerful people in the country.
And so, despite having buried their victimhood for decades, despite having only spoken of it infrequently, and never having mentioned it to an
authority, the importance of their coming forward becomes all the greater, precisely because the individual who wronged them is about to become
powerful, about to occupy a seat on the supreme court, making them responsible for interpreting law. Think of it, a person who has committed a sexual
assault, permitted to rule on matters of law, to exercise power much greater than they have ever had before, despite the fact that the victim knows
that the individual about to take their seat, has already proven that they will misuse the power they have, whether great or small.
And so, they come forward, to prevent a toxic individual from sullying a seat on the greatest court in the land...
And all most people seem to be able to do, is label her, attack her, and call her out for not coming forward sooner, despite the fact that people
know better than to make THAT the issue.
Quite a few people around here need to take themselves in hand, and think about the following:
What if that was your mother, your sister, or your wife making that statement? Would you be as ready to victim blame? Would you be as willing to
demonize your own kin, your loved ones in the same circumstances?
Lets assume for a moment, that Dr Ford is telling the truth. Why did she wait? Well, that is the wrong question, because the answer to that is likely
to be the same as the reason sixty plus percent of rape and sexual assault is never reported. The question is why did she come forward now, and the
reason I suspect, is that if she had remained silent any longer, Kavanaugh would have wound up on the supreme court, with no protest at all, despite
being a criminal creep, and being a criminal creep ought to disqualify a person from that level of office.
Now, the right thing here, is for an investigative body to look into this matter, with the confirmation on hold, until such time as an investigation
of these allegations has been completed. Its been done before, in other such circumstances in the past (which means for the mouth breathers at the
back, that YES it IS the FBI's job to investigate these allegations) and there is no reason why they should not be expected to do so now.