On September 14th, news broke that an unnamed woman had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault when he was a teenager. Two days later, research psychologist and professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the woman behind the Kavanaugh accusations. Since then, the attacks against Ford have been numerous and often sexist, demonstrating that victims are still too often the ones put on trial when they come forward.
NBC News reported on September 17th that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on September 24th in which Ford will testify about the incident and Kavanaugh will be able to respond. According to NPR, although Ford and her attorneys asked to delay the hearing and requested an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, Senate Republicans rejected the request.
Amid the news of the hearing, Kavanaugh’s supporters have continued to defend him. CNN notes that President Donald Trump said Kavanaugh “is not a man who deserves this. Fox News commentator Stephen Miller tweeted that the incident was not assault but rather “drunk teenagers playing seven minutes [in] heaven.”
Thankfully, many have taken to Twitter to point out the sexist double standard regarding how people talk about Ford (the accuser and the victim) and Kavanaugh (the accused).
These tweets perfectly capture how—for all the progress made by the #MeToo movement—many continue to doubt and shame women who come forward and speak their truth…all while defending those who commit the indefensible.
Change is long overdue.