For a person to sexually assault another person is a seriously wrong thing. It is a heinous act that causes a lifetime of trauma. It should never be allowed to happen, and the person guilty of such an act should be punished.
To falsely accuse someone of such an act is just as wrong. To attempt to ruin someone else’s life, to subject them to the public shame, the constant suspicion, the loss of reputation – for whatever reason – is terribly wrong.
I think we are quick to agree with the first statement. Not so much the second. I think we are making some strides with uncovering sexual misconduct and exposing it. But we are in danger of going way beyond that, into using the accusation as a weapon to get what we want.
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating the claims against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh since they came to light. It was a serious matter, and it deserved a serious examination.
The committee interviewed some 40 people, reviewed the evidence submitted by his accusers, monitored social media and news outlets, and eventually released a 414-page report detailing their findings. The FBI even opened a 7th probe into Kavanaugh’s personal history. When they were finished, there was nothing about the personal or professional life of Brett Kavanaugh that they did not know.
In other words, the investigation was as thorough as you could you get.
The investigation is now complete, and Kavanaugh was found to be innocent.
“Following the separate and extensive investigations by both the Committee and the FBI, there was no evidence to substantiate any of the claims of sexual assault made against Justice Kavanaugh,” the report said.
In one case, the committee concluded that the accuser and her lawyer “criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.” Both have been recommended to the Justice Department to be investigated. The attorney, meanwhile, was himself recently arrested for domestic violence.
In another case, a woman who accused Kavanaugh later admitted under questioning by the committee that she did not know him, “and merely used it as a ‘ploy’ to ‘get attention’” according to the report.
None of the claims against him were found to be credible. But does that change the way anyone feels? It should.
If we are going to be upset at people for mistreating others, and for breaking the law, should we not also be upset when an innocent person is falsely accused of mistreating others, or of breaking the law?
I think the answer is a resounding yes. Because if it is not, we are doing a serious disservice to those who genuinely were wronged. Their credibility is being taken away, by those who continue to cry wolf.
What I’ve also observed through this, is that one side of the political aisle is becoming more ruthless in the way they try to win. The Kavanaugh story has shed light on the tactics they are now willing to use to get what they want. It should be disgusting to anyone who truly cares about what is right and wrong.
It should also serve as a wake-up call. Because if the left will try to take out a good and decent man by such an intended grave injustice, what will they not do, to get what they want?