Well, it’s done.
Soon-to-be Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed.
Whether that fact pans out to be a good or bad decision, only time will tell. Some of us are rejoicing. Others, like me, are beyond disappointed. Not because I believe he is guilty. Only he and Dr. Ford know the truth. I am angry because of how the leaders of our nation view the validity of sexual assault as a crime.
Let’s say that Judge Kavanaugh is indeed innocent of a crime for which he has been accused. Now, imagine all the media moments you’ve seen or heard from Judge Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford, the Senate, the President and others. Imagine for a moment that Judge Kavanaugh was NOT accused of the crime of sexual assault.
Imagine if he were accused of murder.
What if Dr. Ford claimed that she had witnessed Judge Kavanaugh murder someone instead of him committing sexual assault? I imagine he would have jumped all over the opportunity to have the FBI clear his name. I doubt he would have offered up old calendars as sufficient evidence to support his innocence. I doubt he would have been so defensive when taken to task for his behavior, and I imagine he would have offered more than a handful of names of women as character witnesses in lieu of investigation. I wonder what would have happened if three more women came forward to say they witnessed him murder others as well.
You might say that this theory is irrelevant, that I am comparing apples to oranges. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly my point.
The majority of the men in this country do not view sexual assault as a crime worthy of the gravity of murder. The majority of women do.
Sexual assault destroys the part of us that believes we have choices in our lives. It steals more than just our innocence, it steals our dignity, our humanity, the faith in ourselves to be captains of our own destiny. Sexual assault murders the part of us that wants to live.
Whether Judge Kavanaugh is guilty or innocent of sexual assault is irrelevant. What is disturbing is his perception of sexual assault as a crime worthy of the effort of prosecution or in his case, mere investigation. This is the man who now assumes a seat of power to decide the gravity of sexual assault as a crime.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is why I am disappointed.