By many accounts, Brett Kavanaugh may be one of the most controversial Supreme Court nominees our country has ever seen. During his hearing, Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Since then others have come forward as well to give accounts of his wild past, further deepening the rift between the two parties.
In August, Ford took and passed a polygraph test regarding the incident in the 1980s. In September news of the incident broke and Senator Feinstein sent a letter Ford wrote to the FBI to be put in his background file. Kavanaugh denied the incident and the sexual allegations went public. Since then, Dr. Ford has taken the stand to give her testimony against a very powerful man who is on track to be sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh also took the stand to passionately plea his innocence and an FBI investigation was launched.
The controversial Kavanaugh hearing and allegations of sexual assault have ignited the #MeToo movement once again. Victims of sexual assault often have difficulty coming forward to press charges or report these incidents because they are often met with scrutiny and doubt. These victims are often treated like criminals and those who have been accused allowed to play the victim instead.
As the #MeToo movement showed, sexual assault allegations against powerful men in Hollywood, the media, the tech industry and government are not isolated incidents. In fact, they’re shockingly common and when victims are afraid to come forward, these sexual predators are allowed to go “unchecked” for too long.
The National Crime Victimization Survey estimates that people in the United States experienced over 320,000 incidents of rape and sexual assault in 2016 alone. The majority of these crimes were perpetrated by an acquaintance of someone the victim knew intimately. Only 19% were perpetrated by someone the offender did not know at all. Of the incidents that did occur, 77% were not reported to the police out of fear or shame.
Sadly, Kavanaugh’s nomination has also ignited the resistance to the #MeToo movement. Recently, President Trump mocked Dr. Ford in front of a crowd in Mississippi. “A man’s life is shattered.” Republicans and conservatives who support Kavanaugh have criticized media coverage and continue to believe that an innocent man’s name is being smeared simply to block his nomination.
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If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault in Denver or anywhere in the state of Colorado, we can help. We believe the survivors of sexual assault and we stand with them ready to fight for their future. We can help you and your family through this difficult ordeal and we have the resources needed to tackle even the most complex sexual assault case. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.