It’s 2018. We have Donald Trump in the highest office of power in this country, a man who has a myriad of sexual misconduct allegations against him. His behavior, excused by his voter and congressional base as false allegations and empty words, did not stop him from assuming the role of President of the United States.
Through the #MeToo movement, women have held those who have committed sexual harassment and sexual assault accountable for their actions. We have specific cases such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey in the film industry and Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose in the television world. Their names and faces now posted on a wall with a big, red X on them. Yet, when Brett Kavanaugh was publicly accused for sexual misconduct, there was no immediate liability, just firm rejection. He is still the President’s appointment for the ultimate judge of justice in this country, a Supreme Court justice.
In a confidential letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Dr. Ford recalls the time that Kavanaugh brazenly assaulted her at a party during high school. Someone leaked the letter; the story unravelled and her story, her personal experience, permeated the media landscape. She, then, made the decision, in an interview with Washington Post, to use her name and to tell the country about her experience with Kavanaugh’s character. She knew the weight her name would begin, supplanting accuser. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Use her name. Dr. Ford is set to testify in front of the Senate on Thursday, September 27.
Why should we believe her? Why didn’t she speak out about this when it happened? Why should this one time three decades ago deface Kavanaugh’s entire political career?
I believe Dr. Ford. I have seen first-hand the power a man’s voice has over a woman’s. I know what it is like to feel helpless against a man’s word. I have heard people underestimate the severity of these accusations, normalizing sexual-misconduct and sugar-coating the misconduct with the boys-will-be-boys dialogue. As a woman, I know what it feels like to fear men in power. Dr. Ford knew that his supporters would doubt her word and questioned, and she still is fighting to tell her truth. That is why I believe Dr. Ford.
Her attempted rapist stands in front of the United States Senate in confirmation hearings ready to accept his lifelong appointment to determine decisions that will last legacies. A Supreme Court Justice must encompass morality and must pledge to protect the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. By speaking out, Dr. Ford decided her traumatic experience with Brett Kavanaugh belonged to every American. The Constitution entitles Kavanaugh to his due process rights to determine the validity of her claims. However, the First Amendment may grant her the right to speak, but it does not grant her the right to be heard. No FBI investigation has been opened. Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell and President Trump have all made it clear this does not change anything for them because Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States. His appointment is a win for the GOP at the expense of the moral values of this country.
When Dr. Ford testifies in front of the Senate, she will remain strong, calm and stable, just as any woman who wants to be taken seriously in front of men have learned to do. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will have to tell the country about the time Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her. And when the session ends, I know her silent screams will mean nothing to the room of the Senate floor.
We must do better as a country, but it is the Senators, who especially have the duty to listen to her testimony, put this country before their party and reject Brett Kavanaugh as a nominee. This is how we commence to ameliorate the politics of the United States of America.