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Staff Editorial: Supporting Kavanaugh for Supreme Court sends bad message

Staff Editorial: Supporting Kavanaugh for Supreme Court sends bad message
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  • On October 4, 2018

The list keeps getting longer.

Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Donald Trump are just a small sampling of the hundreds of powerful men who have been the subject of sexual assault, harassment or misconduct allegations in the last two years.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the latest to join the list. Three women have reported attempted rape and other sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh at parties while in high school and college.

Despite the accusations, Kavanaugh has remained President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Trump has continued to stand by him amidst the hearing in September; voicing more concern over the timeframe in which the victims chose to come forward, rather than the idea of letting an abuser into one of the highest courts in the country.

The Lookout is appalled that the focus has shifted from Kavanaugh’s alleged action to discounting the women who have come forward. The words and actions of President Trump send a strong message that victims of sexual assault should not be believed.

A study done by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center concluded that only two to 10 percent of rape allegations are actually false. Yet more times than not victims are silenced or accused of lying.

Every victim of sexual assault processes and handles their experiences differently. For many, they have been groomed and manipulated for a long time by someone they trusted, and it takes years to process what happened.

Some are afraid to speak up due to fear of retaliation or not being believed. Sometimes it just takes other survivors coming forward to get the courage to speak up themselves.

While The Lookout believes a person is innocent until proven guilty, the allegations against Kavanaugh should be enough to take him out of the running for a position of power within the government.

If Kavanaugh is appointed, what message will that send to other potential abusers?

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