CW: brief description of a sexual assault case.
If you're following the national news in the US, you've might have heard of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, who President Trump nominated to take a newly opened seat on the US Supreme Court, will be given the seat if the Senate confirms him in a vote set to take place sometime next week. Kavanaugh was recently accused of sexual assault by American professor and researcher Christine Blasey Ford. The big question being considered now is: will the accusation of sexual assault be enough to reject Kavanaugh's nomination?
Back in Alaska, another sexual assault case is influencing the local politics. Justin Schneider, accused of strangling a woman and masturbating over her, received a two year sentence from local Judge Michael Corey. Alaskans who're unhappy with the sentence and with statements that Judge Corey made in making the sentence are calling for his recall. (Article: https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/State-wants-to-close-sex-crime-loophole--494450171.html)
The two are different situations, but they both open up discussions about what behaviors we will or will not allow from political leaders. How should sexual assault be considered in relation to our politics, and why?