Among the things I’ve read, heard, and seen during this time of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the worst by far has been the victim blaming.
Why do we question the victim when the crime is sexual assault?
Why is it we come up with any reason under the sun to somehow figure out that what happened wasn’t what the victim claimed, or that there was a misunderstanding, or that they’re lying?
The victim blaming comment I hear the most about Christine Blasey Ford is that she waited too long to report.
Hold up. This isn’t a report, though. She’s not reporting this incident. She’s not trying to get revenge. She’s just detailing something that happened to make a case that someone isn’t qualified for a job. So where’s the problem with that?
Oh, right, the problem is that she’s a victim of sexual assault coming forward with her story.
There is no “perfect victim” and there is no “perfect response” to sexual assault.
Trauma causes the brain to react in a variety of different ways in order to repress the incident(s). There might be a number of reasons that caused Ford to not come forward at the time.
For one thing, obviously Kavanaugh was a well-off prep-school boy who probably would have been let off easy. Sounds a lot like what we have happening lately, with cases such as convicted rapist Brock Turner.
Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey in 2010-2014 about statistics for reporting rape, RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) found that out of 1,000 rapes, only 310 are reported to the police. It’s not out of character for a rape victim to not report the crime.
Blasey isn’t even trying to make a report. My criminology professor, Beth Whalley, referred to all this as a “job interview.” Kavanaugh was trying to get a job, and Blasey was speaking as a reference.
Why does it matter? Because this man was trying to get a position that lasts for life, and he now has the ability to make laws that will stand for at least a generation.
Blasey did the right thing by coming forward. She revealed someone who wants to judge and decide federal cases to be of questionable moral character. I don’t care if it was three months ago or 30 years ago.
While the Judicial Committee chose to focus on Blasey’s “late” accusation, they should have been more concerned by Kavanaugh’s behavior and supported the victim.
Blasey has been unable to return to her home, due to the influx of death threats she has received in the wake of her testimony. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh now sits on the highest court in the country.