A 15-year-old girl attended a high school party in 1982; what started with a night of drinking and hanging out with friends allegedly ended in sexual harassment.
Nearly 36 years later, Christine Blasey Ford accuses U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually harassing her at that high school party. Within the past week, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have both come forward with other accusations of sexual harassment against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has denied all claims.
These are serious allegations with severe consequences. The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the legitimacy of these stories.
These allegations beg the question of why these stories were released now. Why did these women wait nearly half a lifespan to tell their stories which drastically taint the controversial Supreme Court nominee’s reputation?
This question brings attention to a glaring issue concerning the timing of these accusations: they taint the seriousness of claims of sexual assault, specifically of women.
President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh has created controversy. He is a right-of-center candidate whose appointment would create a right-leaning Supreme Court. Democrats and Republicans have debated Kavanaugh’s credibility for the position and are nearing the deadline for the vote.
These accusations were thrust into the contentious debate over Kavanaugh’s potential appointment where responses from politicians are forced to be either far-left or far-right. The claims have been reduced to talking points for the Senate Judiciary Committee in determining how to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
These allegations are not under investigation to enact justice for the three women. Instead, politicians are investigating the allegations for the sake of Kavanaugh’s character and the political process.
To change the stigma around speaking up about sexual harassment, cases cannot become tools of a political agenda or used to prove a point. Both Ford and Ramirez deserve justice if they were in fact harassed by Kavanaugh; but, they should seek justice for its own sake.