Most readers of Freedom Outpost know how others and I view allegations of sexual assault and support the appropriate biblical punishment for such transgressions when the allegations have been proven using due process recognized and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. This brings us to the allegations of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As I have stated previously, anyone making an allegation of sexual assault against another deserves to be believed, until proven otherwise.
So, let's examine what Ford has alleged against Kavanaugh. According to Ford, in a July letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the incident occurred at a house in Maryland, which she cannot recall whose it was or where it was, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.
Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980's… The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others. Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stairwell from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help. Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with [Mark Judge], who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me. From across the room a very drunken [Judge] said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from "go for it" to "stop."
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At one point when [Judge] jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom. I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home…. I have received medical treatment regarding the assault.
While Ford claimed there were four males at the alleged gathering, there were only two in the room – Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. When Ford relayed her story to The Washington Post, Ford named the two others, in addition to Kavanaugh and Judge, in attendance; however, the Post did not release those names, but attempted to contact the individuals without success. One of the other two individuals supposedly at the alleged party where the alleged incident occurred was Patrick J. Smyth. All outlets have reported that Ford did not tell anyone about the incident until 2012, when it surfaced during spousal counseling with a therapist.
According to a report by CNSnews.com, Mark Judge was a former writer at CNS. Through his attorney, Judge issued a letter denying the claims made by Ford. Judge said in the letter, "I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved. The only reason I am involved is because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford remembers me as the other person in the room during the alleged assault. In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Ford describes."
Smyth, understanding he was named by Ford as an attendee at the alleged party, issued a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee through his attorney. The pertinent statements follow.
I understand that I have been identified by Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post. … I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question, nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.
“Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh toward women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the committee may have.
Another key player in the alleged accusations levied against Kavanaugh is Ford's former classmate, Cristina King Miranda. In a now deleted Facebook post, Miranda claimed she had heard rumors in school about an incident with few details. She claimed she did not know Ford personally, but remembered her; then, she stated the incident did happen. And, she stated that Ford's "vivid recollection" should be more than adequate for anyone to believe her claim.
Miranda, in an NPR interview, seemed less than certain of Ford's claim, stating, "That it happened or not, I have no idea. I can't say that it did or didn't." But, she maintains she heard about "an incident involving Kavanaugh at a party." The only individuals purportedly in the room when the alleged incident occurred were Ford, Kavanaugh and Judge. So, how did Miranda hear about this alleged incident at school when both Kavanaugh and Judge deny this happened, attended a different school than Ford, and Ford told no one until 2012?
According to Maryland State Law, there is no statute of limitation for felony sexual assault and a statute of limitation of one year for "other misdemeanor sexual conduct." The question now is how does Maryland define "felony sexual offense or misdemeanor punished by imprisonment in a penitentiary?" Maryland State Law defining Rape and Sexual offenses can be found here.
Back to Ford's account. First, her claim is roughly 36 years old – 30 years on first account to marriage counseling therapist. There was no indication she reported the incident to the police, her mother, a friend or other family member. She claimed to have received medical treatment for the alleged assault, but did not indicate whether at a hospital or doctor's office or when that treatment occurred. In most States, health care professionals are required to report incidences of sexual assault to the local law enforcement agency when victims seek medical treatment at an emergency facility, a private facility or physician's office. Ford's account reads as an "attempted" sexual assault and not "actual" sexual assault defined by Maryland law. By her accounts, there would not be any physical evidence to glean during an examination, but the attempt would still be reported.
There are many questions that are unanswered; such as, was Ford the only female in attendance at the party? Six were presented by Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire. The question of why Ford did not tell anyone until a therapist in 2012 could be answered by what is contained in the pages of her high school yearbooks in '83, '84, and '85. The yearbooks have since been scrubbed from the internet; however, this site, Cult of the First Amendment, reportedly saved them. While these pages are heavily redacted, there are some full names to be gleaned from them.
There happened to be a "Mr. Tupper" who taught a class called "Modern European [page cutoff]." Surely, school records could tell us who Mr. Tupper is or was. The pages detail debaucherous, drunken parties, racism, and apparent faculty and parental consent seeing the yearbook almost chronicles the girls' escapades. Perhaps students Caroline Alnutt and Leslie Warren would have some input into the alleged party. Maybe, the one who got lost, Kathy Lamb, would be willing to speak regarding this alleged party at an unknown house in Maryland, on an unknown date, and unknown owner. One picture referenced "Cristina's kitchen." Could this be the Cristina King Miranda? The first names are spelled the same, which is a rather unusual spelling. There is also reference to a Dave Roberts and his friend Randolph. Is it possible these two can shed additional light on a vague alleged party? On another page, mention was made of a Lee Anne Elliott, who could have been part of the "party scene" consisting of Holton-Arms girls, including Christine Blasey Ford, and various boys' school attendees. Surely the women, who were girls then with their full faces exposed, would recognize themselves in the yearbook and come forward to provide additional information, if they possessed any.
The Holton-Arms yearbook does not paint a pretty picture of this all-girls school where attendees engaged in heavy underage drinking, threw parties at homes where parents were out of town, picked up men on a local highway for entertainment, moved onto sophomore boys to "bring the vitality and freshness of innocent to a relationship." Although the yearbook describes these parties as "unforgettable, they are only a memory lapse for most, since loss of consciousness is often an integral part of the party scene."
If all of this on the site is accurate, and that can be a big "if", and if these are actual yearbooks from Holton-Arms, the individuals, whose last names were not redacted, would be crucial in providing information, as well as determining who the "Cristina" is captured in the picture labeled "Cristina's kitchen." And, with the unflattering picture painted of students at Holton-Arms during the early 80s, if true, could that be the reason for Cristina King Miranda deleting her Facebook post after realizing she would have to disclose a lot more information than she was prepared to disclose.
When any individual waits 30 – 36 years to disclose a sexual assault and it coincides with a prominent individual being considered for a high level government post, as a Supreme Court Justice is considered, the accuracy and validity of the claim has to be questioned, particularly, in light of the silence of the victim, failure to report to police, failure of medical personnel who allegedly treated the victim to report the assault to the police, and a long-standing member of the Senate Judiciary Committee "sitting" on a letter for almost 2 months. Moreover, an FBI investigation is now being requested without a crime scene, physical evidence or witnesses. The alleged witnesses named by the alleged victim have emphatically denied those claims.
Another question pops to mind. How did Kavanaugh pass numerous background checks to attain many of his positions without the slightest hint of this incident being exposed? Did the checks go back that far? If not, did the agency conducting the checks believe high school years irrelevant?
Why have no other women come forward to corroborate Ford's claims? When Donald Trump and Judge Roy Moore were accused by one woman, several crawled out of the woodwork in an attempt to substantiate the claim by providing their own story. So far, that has not happened with Kavanaugh. Why?
When someone suffers a traumatic event, two things happen – block out the memory or remember every little detail, including date, time, place, clothing worn by both victim and assailant, smells, sounds, and actions and reactions during the incident. Ford's account lacks details, including the place, the date, and time, in some areas, while providing specifics in others. Unfortunately, there is no police report or medical treatment record to assist in ironing out some details, since medical treatment records are not kept indefinitely.
There exist some doubts to Ford's credibility since the therapy notes and her account conflict. The behavior on the part of Holton-Arms students during the years in question, documented by those students in a yearbook, if the yearbook is factual and not manufactured, does not paint a demure picture of those teenage girls. Since the incident was disclosed in a therapy session during marriage counseling, could it be that Ford's husband was not aware of the behavior exhibited by the Holton-Arms students? Some spouses have no idea of each other's conduct before meeting and being married. Some individuals will go to great lengths to hide less than stellar behavior to a spouse, even if it means engaging in falsehoods.
With the Democrats making a fuss about an alleged incident projecting unfavorably on a Supreme Court Justice nominee, why are Democrats not interested in pursuing factual claims, substantiated by a physician's report, against Keith Ellison, a Democratic congressman, a former deputy of the Democratic National Committee and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General? Ellison's victim indicated Democrats did not believe her and threatened to isolate her over the allegations?
Then, there is victim Juanita Broaddrick, who stated that former Arkansas governor and former President William Jefferson Clinton raped her. Democrats have refused or failed to acknowledge, much less address, her claims. The same goes for the rest of Clinton's victims.
In all of this political theater, there should not be a dual standard – one for Democrats and one for others. But, that is exactly what is happening here with Republicans going right along with the flow. If Republicans are going to do this, they should call for an investigation of the claims against Ellison and Clinton. No one should hold their breath for it to happen since the Clintons and anyone Muslim is off limits.
But, the true victims, if this is allowed to go forward, are men falsely accused and women who make factual claims of sexual assault. For every time one woman makes an unsubstantiated claim in a "she said/he said" incident, one man is falsely accused, and is tried, convicted and sentenced in the media, it detracts from those who have had crimes committed against them and the innocent who are presumed guilty compelled to prove innocence, instead of innocent until proven guilty.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.