Currently, Kavanaugh is being accused of attempted rape by a woman that says this sexual assault occurred when they were both teenagers!? Of course, Kavanaugh says the claim is false, but that’s to be expected.
This isn’t the first time a Supreme Court nominee was accused of sexual assault by a woman who claimed the actual assault took place years prior to the nomination.
What is it about being nominated for the Supreme Court that seemingly reminds women of their being sexually assaulted years prior? Motive is the key, but only the accuser seems to know which door they’re attempting to open.
Christine Ford, meet Anita Hill
In 1991 Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of an act of sexual assault that had occurred many years prior to Thomas’ nomination. The media went wild and continued to replay Hill’s statement saying that Thomas once asked her “who’s pubic hair is on my coke?”
This not only ruined most people’s ability to enjoy a refreshing soda without constantly staring into the can, but it also turned the seriousness of Supreme Court candidacy into a joke. Now, we have the same situation playing out almost identical to the Hill-Thomas case in 1991. Only this time, the accuser states that the assault occurred back when they were kids. Huh? Ok, somebody must ask the question!
Why are these women holding on to something as traumatic as sexual assault until just the right time? Publicity? Exactly where was Ford during the #MeToo moment that allowed a plethora of women to call guys out on their inability to control their urges? Hill has an excuse…social media didn’t exist, so she couldn’t use hashtags at the time.
Such antics diminish real claims of abuse
The most unfortunate thing about this situation is that it harms women all over the world. There are women who are sexually assaulted and are afraid to speak up. Most victims truly find solace in women who can find the courage to stand up and share the ugly truth about their experiences.
This isn’t the case, however, when you have a woman who only feels the need to share an experience for the sole purpose of ensuring that she stands in the way of another person moving forward. Holding on to something so foul, so dirty, so painful…until you are able to receive media attention is unfair to women who are actually victims of abuse. The moment a woman sets the truth of sexual assault free is the moment she shows the world it’s not about the man…it’s about her. Ford failed in this regard.
Sexual assault would never occur in a perfect world. Unfortunately, this world is far from perfect and women are being assaulted on a daily basis. Given this fact, one can only hope that any young girl that experiences something like this will not use Ford’s handling of the situation as an example of what to do.