Oh Hell (Kava)naw

TW: Sexual Assault

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Saturday, with a 50-48 vote the United States Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the 114th justice of the Supreme Court. In doing so, they cemented the long held belief that the suffering of women and young girls come last to the futures of men and young boys. Whether you believe Kavanaugh should be held accountable for his actions as a teenager, it is hard to deny that his confirmation has sent out a detrimental message to the country that rape isn’t THAT bad and perpetrators will face no consequence. This is just a public showing of what women have been complaining about in private for years.

Within my last four years at school, I have witnessed this phenomena right here in my own collegiate bubble. Just last year, a student who was accused of sexual assault and later admitted to it was permitted to continue going to class and living in the same residence hall as his accuser. My freshman year, a student who had been expelled from his former college for rape was somehow hired as an RA for a co-ed dormitory on campus.

And we wonder why women don’t report their accusers, and carry the shame of their attack for years on end.

What is their incentive, if not justice? Ridicule? Assassination of their character, perhaps?

One thing is for sure: we have a duty to Dr. Ford, to sexual assault survivors across the country, and to ourselves, to show up to the polls on November 6th, 2018 and unseat every senator and representative that saw fit that Brett Kavanaugh sit on the highest bench in the country and rule on legislation that will affect women and men like Dr. Ford for the next 40 years. If you aren’t already, register to vote today and make a difference next month. The future of our country depends on it.

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