Thanks for doing that (adding the comment). In my article about what “believe women” actually means, I speak to the importance of treating accusers of sexual violence in the same way that we treat accusers of every other crime; we initially believe them up until such time that thorough investigation indicates that we should not. As I’ve already said, there was not a thorough investigation in this case, and the guy was applying for a job, not having his life or liberty put on the line. If he had not been advanced to the Supreme Court, he would have had to contend with continuing to work on the second most important court in the land. 😏 As it stands, the integrity of the Court and it’s future decisions has been undermined by insisting on advancing this guy.

As of right now, women are often initially disbelieved, even when there is credible physical evidence, even when they came forward right away. This needs to change. A young woman just recently took her own life because of the way she was further victimized on the witness stand while testifying about her rape. There are no other types of crimes where accusers/victims are treated in this manner.

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