Letter to the editor: Little has changed
To the editor:
Twenty-seven years should teach us something about sexual assault and harassment. In 1991, Sen. Charles Grassley heard Anita Hill’s testimony of Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment. Grassley at least then had the decency to request the FBI gather evidence. Since then, Grassley moved up to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now Grassley rejects an FBI investigation of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley uses his power to set the terms of Ford’s public testimony only to rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. I am outraged. While Kavanaugh uses the immense resources of the White House to prepare for his public testimony, Ford faces death threats separating her from her family and home.
With both Hill and Ford, male power and privilege continue to traumatize the survivor. Molesters steal dignity and safety from their victims. We owe these survivors at least a safe environment and a fair hearing.