By Brandon Carroll
Brett Kavanaugh is a name that has been in constant circulation throughout all media outlets. Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court nominee who was personally selected by President Donald Trump back in early July. Recently, two women publicly came forward and accused him of sexual assault after initial confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On September 27th, 2018, he appeared before the Committee to vehemently defend himself against the allegations made by Professor Christine Blasey Ford of Palo Alto University. According to Professor Ford, Kavanaugh and his high school classmate, Mark Judge, locked her in a bedroom at a house party in 1982. Subsequently, Kavanaugh held her down, silenced her screams by putting his hand over her mouth, and attempted to remove her clothes.
In this alleged situation, it is evident that attempted rape took place. The grave severity of this situation is the reason why it has become quite prominent across the country. Yet again, we see another wealthy and powerful man being accused of sexual misconduct. These allegations are occurring at the same time as the viral social media movement #MeToo, which supports women who have been sexually assaulted in our country. As of recent, these cases have been made against seemingly untouchable, high profile men. This movement tells the world that enough is enough.
The second woman who came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault is Deborah Ramirez. She attended Yale University with Kavanaugh. When telling her account of the alleged night, Ramirez shocked America yet again. It was their freshman year and during a drinking game, Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her by pulling out his genitalia and shoving it in her face. Although she admits to having lapses in her memory on the night in question, this is something she could not forget. Behavior of this nature is unacceptable and unidentifiable, especially for a man who is in contention to be on the Supreme Court.
When Deborah Ramirez and Dr. Ford’s stories made national headlines, Kavanaugh did not hold his tongue. According to the New York Times, regarding Professor Ford’s testimony, he, “categorically and unequivocally denied” the allegations and claimed to not be in attendance of the party Professor Ford recalled. He then referred to Ramirez’s allegation as, “a smear, plain and simple.” Lastly, Kavanaugh left us with the statement, “Such grotesque and obvious character assassination – if allowed to succeed – will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service, I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.”
At the hearing, the witnesses consisted of two individuals who attended the house party where the alleged sexual misconduct ensued. They both denied any remembrance of the party and the incident. A couple of male classmates who were also present at the party claimed they do not remember anything. These classmates, alongside others, delivered a conjoined statement defending Kavanaugh’s reputation and falsifying Ramirez’s claims. However, a Yale alumnus told the press that he did not attend the party but did remember with a one-hundred percent certainty that an incident had occurred and Kavanaugh was the perpetrator. Kavanaugh’s roommate, James Roche, told the press he had never witnessed him committing an act of sexual assault, but did say Kavanaugh was a “frequent incoherent drunk.”
Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was very powerful with millions tuned in around the world. Despite this, it is still very unclear as to whether Brett Kavanaugh did or did not commit the acts he is being accused of. This certainty does not sit right with me, nor does it seem to sit right with other Americans who seek justice for all survivors of sexual abuse. Brett Kavanaugh is not fit to be on the Supreme Court.