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We Lost the Kavanaugh Fight. But Survivors Like Me Won’t Be Silenced.
Oct 7th, 2018 at 1:16am
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Nor should they be.

We Lost the Kavanaugh Fight. But Survivors Like Me Won’t Be Silenced.


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I watched 10 minutes of the Sept. 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing before I had to turn it off in disgust. Seeing Brett Kavanaugh yell, stammer, and refuse to answer the committee’s questions immediately brought me back to my own campus hearing at the University of Notre Dame.

During the fall semester of my sophomore year, two students raped me. One of the perpetrators was a classmate, the other was a friend of his visiting from Purdue University. In the months following the rape, I felt a mixture of crippling pain, embarrassment, and sadness. Most of all, I felt shame. Like somehow what happened was my fault. Like somehow I was asking for it. Like somehow my pleas to stop weren’t enough and I should have done more.

Aside from confiding in a few close friends, I stayed silent for months. Finally, by the end of the spring semester, I decided I needed to come forward to protect myself and other students. Over the next eight months, with the help of the nonprofit SurvJustice, I reported the assault to the administrations of both Notre Dame and Purdue.

During my Notre Dame hearing, I sat in a small conference room with both of my rapists. The Notre Dame student was the respondent, and the Purdue student was one of his witnesses. For five hours, I recounted the details of what happened to me and answered the administrative panel’s questions. Kavanaugh’s demeanor during his hearing was identical to that of the man who raped me. He was angry, arrogant, and almost never gave a straight answer. During those 10 minutes that I could stomach watching the Senate hearing, one thing became perfectly clear to me: the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh was not telling the whole truth.

Deciding to report was very difficult but a critical step in my healing process. I found my voice again by pursuing justice. I was able to tell my story and I knew I did everything I could to hold the men who raped me accountable for their actions. But justice isn’t always guaranteed. In the end, the Notre Dame student who raped me was expelled, the Purdue student who raped me was allowed to graduate–and now Brett Kavanaugh is going on to become a Supreme Court Justice.
  

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Re: We Lost the Kavanaugh Fight. But Survivors Like Me Won’t Be Silenced.
Reply #1 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 1:25am
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No one has been silenced. Asking for actual proof and believing in innocent until proven guilty silences no one.

  

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Reply #2 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 1:57am
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He's white, male, and the biggest part,.. a republican.

GUILTY!! (In certain eyes)  Roll Eyes
  

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Reply #3 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 3:19am
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Blah blah blah blah. Who cares?
  


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Reply #4 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 3:26am
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People who have no chance of ever being attractive enough to be victims of sexual violence and have zero empathy don't care.

Go figure.
  

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Reply #5 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 5:09am
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Ulysses wrote on Oct 7th, 2018 at 3:26am:
People who have no chance of ever being attractive enough to be victims of sexual violence and have zero empathy don't care.

Go figure.

Or those who want to be raped.
  

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Reply #6 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 6:45am
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Still licking your wounds I see...
  


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Reply #7 - Oct 7th, 2018 at 7:24am
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Ulysses wrote on Oct 7th, 2018 at 3:26am:
People who have no chance of ever being attractive enough to be victims of sexual violence and have zero empathy don't care.

Go figure.


You really don't understand the people who really commit sexual assault.  They do not choose their victims according to how physically attractive the victim is.  Your answer has absolutely no validity.  Please don't belittle the real victims by giving such a response.
  
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JohnnyBgood wrote on Oct 7th, 2018 at 5:09am:
Or those who want to be raped.


Sarcasm?  I can only hope.  Otherwise, whom do you believe "wants to be raped".
  
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