Felicity Wong
Oct 9, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation

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With the recent Senate hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (and in light of his recent confirmation), the #MeToo movement has been reignited following the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, an old classmate of Kavanaugh who accused him of sexual assault. Proponents of Dr. Ford across the country were outraged, with activists spreading the #ibelieveher and #believesurvivors hashtags, while Kavanaugh's supporters insinuated that Ford was accusing him falsely. Kavanaugh responded angrily in an address to the Senate concerning Ford's accusations, and investigations were conducted pertaining to the alleged sexual assault incident as well as Kavanaugh's past.

 

What do you think about Dr. Ford's testimony? Do you think there is another credible evidence to believe her? To believe Kavanaugh? How does Kavanaugh's confirmation impact the #MeToo movement as well as the Supreme Court as an institution?

a n a s t a s i a
Jan 9

I believe Dr. Ford. Supposedly, it was a very significant point in women’s history, which would determine if America really cared about the wellfare of sexual abuse victims. However, politics has ruined a person‘s life and it will again. This is not ok.

Felicity Wong
Jan 23

Hi Anastasia, thanks for your reply! I think I would agree with you-- there is certainly several issues that would need to be balanced here. Do you think Kavanaugh's life deserved to be "ruined" because of this sexual assault allegation / how he conducted the trials?

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