Bold and Bawdy Ep 9
Have you been following the story with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and the sexual assault allegations? We recap the latest since the hearings, discuss our thoughts, and highlight how when it comes to politics we are yet to see an advancement in women’s rights despite the Me Too Movement.
Westley kicks off this episode with a quick recap of the situation surrounding Kavanaugh. These are the women who have come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
- Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was about 15 at a party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s. Described a drunken Judge Kavanaugh pinning her on a bed, trying to take her clothing off and covering her mouth to keep her from screaming.
- Deborah Ramirez: 83-84 school year at Yale University, when she and Judge Kavanaugh were freshmen, he exposed himself to her during a drinking game in a dorm suite.
Julie Swetnick: she observed Judge Kavanaugh at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched and “gang raped.”Judge Kavanaugh drinking “excessively” at parties and engaging in “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, ‘grinding’ against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts.”
After watching the hearing, including the SNL version (which we find to be a really accurate representation of what happened), these are our reactions.
Maddie is tired of the rhetoric and pretending reported sexual assault is always an attack on men. It should be treated simply as a woman speaking her truth.
Lina D observes how in politics the progressive impacts of the me too movement have been limited at best. She is bothered that the default reaction when a woman comes forward with sexual assault allegations is victim blame and discredit women.
Westley questions why it took two female victims to confront Senator Flake for their to be action.
Here is our view on what is wrong with society and how survivors of sexual violence are let down by the criminal justice system. You can read more here.
Did you know that most cases of sexual assault are never reported?
- Sexual assault is the most unreported crime- over 80% of survivors never report their experiences to the police.
- Reasons for this are often rooted in fear. Fear of disbelief, of unjustified blame, of retribution, of re-traumatisation, of the impact on their family and community and of being let down by the system.
- Did you know that only 8% of cases reported to police are taken to trial? The process of a trial itself is a really stressful process for the victim especially because the prosecutor looks to undermine the survivor’s credibility and reliability.
We close the episode with a call for reform on the system and changing how society treats victims. We need to listen to the victim and ensure they have proper access to legal, psychological and advocacy support. Let’s continue to challenge the myths and prejudice that surround sexual violence.