For the past week, our nation has obsessed over the events which are alleged to have taken place at a high school party at a house somewhere in Virginia on a night in 1982, 1983, or 1984.
That night, according to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California college professor, then-teenage Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her.
According to Dr. Ford, there were 5 people at this party. Herself, Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth, and Leland Keyser (who remains lifelong friends with Ford).
Since Dr. Ford’s allegation became public a week ago, Brett Kavanaugh, along with all three of the other people supposedly in attendance at this party have vehemently denied that the party ever even happened. Dr. Ford’s friend Ms. Keyser not only denied being at any party, but stated that she does not even know Kavanaugh.
Dr. Ford admittedly does not remember how she got to the party, or where she went after the party. The only details she claims to remember are those of the alleged assault, and of the names of the other attendees.
In the days following Dr. Ford’s accusations, crowds of activists have swarmed the Capitol, the airwaves, and social media chanting battle cries of “Believe Survivors,” “We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” and of course, the most original, “Stop Kavanaugh.”
As a former prosecutor, I’m all about believing survivors of sexual assault. The silencing of victims is a very real, very sad, and very scary problem, and we as a People must do more to empower victims of every crime, but especially of sex crimes.
But my question here is, what gives anyone, Right or Left, man or woman, robot or human any single reason at all to believe that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is one of those survivors?
If there is one shred of evidence that anyone can point to, I would sincerely love to hear it.
Not one fact claimed by Dr. Ford has been corroborated by any piece of testimony or evidence. Literally all we have, is her word against his–and his–and his–and hers. It’s 4-1.
So for all those chanting “We Believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford” over and over ad nauseam, I have one question: Why?
I’m being serious here. Why? Why do you believe her?
Don’t give me the red herring fallacy of “because sexual assault is a problem in America,” or “because victims are silenced every day,” because, while I agree with you on those issues, they are not reasons for serious people with serious minds to believe every allegation, no matter how outlandish or impossible it may be. We as a nation are supposedly seeking the truth in this one single incident, the ills of society are not relevant to what happened or did not happen that one, single night.
I would say to all of those black-shirted protestors who are marching today and this week, that If you don’t have an answer–If you don’t have an objective, logical, non-politically motivated reason to believe that Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape Dr. Christine Blasey Ford–you should be ashamed of yourselves.
You are not only smearing the reputation of someone who by all-accounts, is a good and decent man, but you are cheapening the very real, and very horrific experiences of true survivors of sexual abuse.
Not only are you cheapening and demeaning these true survivors, but you are contributing to their oppression by muddying the waters of public opinion and forever infecting both future investigations and juries with this nationally-televised witch hunt. The news cycle is short, but people’s memories of stories like this are long. This circus will ultimately make society even less likely to believe the stories of true survivors in the future.