Brett Kavanaugh’s sex assault accuser was just forced to go into hiding

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In a deeply upsetting but sadly entirely predictable turn of events that perfectly illustrates why women in America don’t report their sexual abuses, the woman at the center of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault scandal has become the target of a vengeful harassment campaign.

The New York Times is reporting that psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who wrote a letter to her Congresswoman alleging that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge attempted to rape her at a party in high school, has been forced to leave her home, hire private security, and go into hiding after being barraged with death threats and vile messages from right-wing fanatics.

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The vicious outpouring of hatred and the threats to her life are by now a universal common tactic used by Trump fans to bully and silence anyone that might cross President Trump and his agenda, be they reporters exposing the president’s lies, the dozens of women who have accused him of heinous sexual assaults and harassment, members of Congress who opposed his plutocratic agenda, or even union bosses who warn their comrades about Trump’s fake populism.

As conservatives vacillate between their two standard responses to sexual assault allegations — It Never Happened and Even If It Did It Doesn’t Matter— and the right-wing propaganda machine kicks into full slut-shaming smear mode, we are reminded that conservatives fundamentally believe this sort of behavior is acceptable.

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But it also discredits their favorite accusation against women who come forward to accuse powerful figures of sex crimes — that the women simply want their 15 minutes of fame or are simply doing it for attention or possibly money.

What woman would voluntarily put herself through this, to paint a target on her back for the hooting and baying swine to hurl toxic smears and death threats at? Nobody would bring this upon themselves if it weren’t for the prospect of their abuser being given the power to abuse the American people on a grand scale.

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Original reporting by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos at the New York Times

 

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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