In an interview with Jake Tapper on Sunday’s CNN “State Of The Union” show, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway mentioned that she herself had experienced sexual assault.  She’s referred to sexually compromising incidents before, but not in the context of the current allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Since I am, in fact, a woman –- of this I’m “100 percent sure” –- and have been discussing the Kavanaugh confirmation process in the forum graciously provided by Gov. Huckabee, I’d like to offer a few thoughts.

First, it might be a good idea to read an account of exactly what she said.  You can read details at the link here.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/30/kellyanne-conway-im-victim-sexual-assault/?utm_term=.9523f4a2049b

The excellent point Conway was making in the interview was that the confirmation proceedings of Judge Kavanaugh should not be a referendum on the #MeToo movement, while also showing empathy to Dr. Ford and to all who have been sexually assaulted.  She did a good job.

As far as I know, Conway has offered no follow-up details of the assault she referenced, though now she's sure to be pressed for them.  (And, considering that she’s a conservative woman, I’m not so sure she’ll be believed, especially if the perpetrator was a Democrat, ha.)  The term “sexual assault” in 2018 is so broad that it seems to cover everything from college-campus micro-aggressions to aggravated rape.  I suppose that in this age of “zero tolerance,” some women would lump a lingering stare or a too-close encounter on the subway into the same category as forcible kissing, groping, peeping in a dressing room (which is a lot easier to do these days, but I digress) or even a violent sexual attack.



Someone I’m very close to who was date-raped at a party when she was quite young was highly skeptical of Dr. Ford’s story – not that a teenage boy who’d had a few beers tried clumsily to get fresh in an upstairs bedroom (and that’s likely all it would have been, not necessarily an attempt to rape her), but that the incident seemed to have scarred her so deeply for life.  We both thought this fragile, childlike, psychologically injured woman was being shamefully exploited for political gain by horrible people who didn’t care if they further damaged her in the process.

This friend would no doubt react to Kellyanne’s revelation the same way I do:  “Well, duh!”  Who hasn’t had to deal with some degree of unwanted sexual attention at some time in her life?  It’s wrong, and it shouldn’t happen, but it still does, like a lot of other wrong things in this world.  Sometimes it’s a horror, a nightmare.  Sometimes the scars it leaves are more than psychological.  If laws were broken, we need to stand strong and get law enforcement involved –- right away –- and/or file civil charges if it happened in the workplace.  But we don’t need the details of what happened to Kellyanne, and she doesn’t need to tell us now.  She handled it the way she chose to at the time and has moved on.

It was surreal to me seeing the video of Sen. Jeff Flake being accosted by those crying women in the elevator.  I was furious listening to the nonsense they were yelling at him and felt (once again) embarrassed to be female!  This is what the #MeToo movement has become.  Where did these women get the idea that if someone doesn’t believe Dr. Ford, it means the victims of sexual assault aren’t being listened to?  This is ONE CASE.  One set of circumstances, from 36 years ago.  One source of uncorroborated allegations in a sickeningly politicized environment.  One example of a man being presumed guilty by many in the hearing room and having to prove his innocence.  These women seemed to be out of their minds, and they, just like Dr. Ford, were being used –- weaponized for political purposes.  Poor, sad Jeff Flake looked as though somebody had just stomped on his puppy as he stood there and took it.  His was the solemn face of a man who'd been guilted into thinking that voting for Kavanaugh was the same as giving every rapist in America a big thumbs-up.

I would tell these women that I do listen to victims of sexual assault.  I listened to every word of testimony by Dr. Ford.  I’m sorry, but I still don’t believe her story.  She may believe it herself, but I don’t.

Finally, I’m going to stick my neck out and say something that will be considered controversial by some, but here goes:  speaking hypothetically, if young Brett Kavanaugh, as a 17-year-old boy at a party with beer and no adult supervision, HAD clumsily overstepped his bounds and acted inappropriately with a girl at a party, I would be prepared to forgive him, consider the life he has led in the 36 years since, and let him go on to become a Supreme Court justice.  (Incidentally, my standards for this would be the same whether he were a liberal or conservative nominee.)  His credentials are stellar.  Of course, on his part this would require testifying truthfully before the committee about what happened and sincerely apologizing to Dr. Ford for unknowingly causing such lasting harm to her.

But, again, that’s a hypothetical, because I don’t think it was Kavanaugh who did this, so he has nothing to apologize for.  It’s he who is owed an apology by many, an apology that he will never get.  And, given what we know, he deserves to be seated on the Supreme Court.

 

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  • Patricia Pease

    10/14/2018 08:04 PM

    There is no way that Brett Kavanaugh could have graduated first in his class if he was the hard-drinking partier that was portrayed by those women.

  • Nancy Miller

    10/08/2018 05:59 PM

    I just sent the following email to Senator Grassley:

    Senator Grassley,

    As a constituent of our great state of Iowa, I respectfully request that Senator
    Feinstein be censored or at least "Denounced" for reprehensible
    conduct, bringing the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” The last time
    this occurred was:

    Date: July 25, 1990
    Member: David F. Durenberger (R-MN) https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Expulsion_Censure.htm#censure

    Senator Feinstein definitely dishonored the Senate Judiciary Committee by withholding the information she received the end of July from all members of the Committee.

    Further evidence is that she and/or her staff recommended lawyers to Dr. Ford. That is despicable. If the entire Committee had been informed of Dr. Ford’s letter then the Committee’s investigators could have interviewed those she said would corroborate her accusations. As such we and Justice Kavanagh were subjected to a needless waste of time and energy.

    If Senator Feinstein is not "Denounced for reprehensible conduct, bringing the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”, I fear that this method of bringing forth false accusers will be the standard mode for Democrats in all elections for any position or appointment. We cannot allow this to happen. Our democracy is at stake.

    Even if the declaration is just brought to the table, publicly, it will send a strong message to ‘cut it out.’ I urge you to take this action as soon as possible while it is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

  • Nancy Miller

    10/08/2018 01:17 PM

    I just sent the following email to Senator Grassley:

    Senator Grassley,

    As a constituent of our great state of Iowa, I respectfully request that Senator
    Feinstein be censored or at least "Denounced" for reprehensible
    conduct, bringing the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” The last time
    this occurred was:

    Date: July 25, 1990
    Member: David F. Durenberger (R-MN) https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Expulsion_Censure.htm#censure

    Senator Feinstein definitely dishonored the Senate Judiciary Committee by withholding the information she received the end of July from all members of the Committee.

    Further evidence is that she and/or her staff recommended lawyers to Dr. Ford. That is despicable. If the entire Committee had been informed of Dr. Ford’s letter then the Committee’s investigators could have interviewed those she said would corroborate her accusations. As such we and Justice Kavanagh were subjected to a needless waste of time and energy.

    If Senator Feinstein is not "Denounced for reprehensible conduct, bringing the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”, I fear that this method of bringing forth false accusers will be the standard mode for Democrats in all elections for any position or appointment. We cannot allow this to happen. Our democracy is at stake.

    Even if the declaration is just brought to the table, publicly, it will send a strong message to ‘cut it out.’ I urge you to take this action as soon as possible while it is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

  • Nancy Pedro

    10/07/2018 09:43 PM

    Thank you for posting this. I grew up in the 60s with very strict parents so I didn't date a lot and wasn't allowed to go to parties, but most of my dating experiences seemed to include "grope and grind!" It was pretty common behavior and how we all learned to set boundaries. I listened to the testimony of both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh and it seemed to me that his teen years sounded (and looked from his calendar) to be pretty typical -- sports, friends, parties. It was a red flag to me that Dr. Ford testified that she was at a party at the age of 15, seemingly without friends (since those she named did not remember the party or the events). I don't doubt that some traumatic event happened to her, but like the author of this article, I believe that this very fragile woman has been exploited by the "win at any cost" people who set her up. There are plenty of women out here who have been through ugly experiences, assaulted and even raped. We've dealt with it and moved on. It also concerns me greatly that this movement wants women to go back 30, 40 or more years and accuse men of acts that, while not necessarily respectful, were certainly common and not against the law. I'm not talking about the kinds of acts that Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby committed -- I'm talking about the kind of "necking that became grope and grind, or even full blown sex between minors" way back when. On the other hand, any woman can accuse any man of those kinds of acts -- just because she is angry or doesn't agree with his politics or for whatever reason. And we saw in that hearing that there is a rush to judgement, an immediate "presumption of guilt" and the accused must prove himself innocent. This happened to a family member and we spent four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars proving his innocence. The accuser paid no consequences -- and in fact did the same thing again (and she'd done it to three men before). No one apologized, no amends were made and some still believe that he is guilty. We aren't a high profile family and we've put our lives back together to the best we can, we can go out to dinner without being harassed, we can go to the grocery, our homes are not vandalized. But we will never be the same. We don't trust, we don't get involved in a lot of things we might have before, we are always on the alert -- and I had a near PTSD experience dealing with the things that were happening to Judge Kavanaugh and his family when someone posted on FB that they didn't understand why his wife looked so sad and he was so angry. I try very hard not to get involved in political discussions, but I lit into that person (someone I know) and told them exactly why Judge Kavanaugh and his wife were struggling. I'm so thankful that Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed and I hope that he and his family can put their lives back together and move on. I'm also fearful of what may occur now with all the anger bubbling over. If it doesn't settle, I may take a long break from FB and the news because I don't need to re-live the experiences of ten years ago. I'm sorry that women have been assaulted and raped, but it is time to move on. If they can't cope, they need to get counseling, not shout at people in elevators, march in pink hats or go back to experiences of 30, 40 or more years ago and accuse people of crimes that were not criminal behavior at the time.

  • Sharon Doan

    10/07/2018 03:56 PM

    I am in full agreement with you. Having been treated like nothing more than a sex object as a young person, I think many women can relate. Unpleasant, humiliating, anger inducing, etc. Not one positive thing about being so rudely treated simply because you are female.

  • Dan Watson

    10/07/2018 02:31 PM

    Great story, but I would like to answer the question posed.
    I quote Well, duh!” Who hasn’t had to deal with some degree of unwanted sexual attention at some time in her life?
    My answer is- Diane Feinstein

  • Judy Ward

    10/07/2018 01:01 PM

    I agree with everything you have written, 100%. I am so glad the Republicans have found a backbone and are pushing back hard on the dirty tricks, fear & smear, end justifies the means, etc. the Democratic-Party-of-Hate. I LOVE it. I am an energized, fired up, suburban white woman! I just filled out my ballot and I was excited to vote REPUBLICAN!! And Hillary, no, my husband did not tell me how to vote!!

    Republicans are finally showing that when you are in the right, stand up and fight!!!

  • Vicki Johnson

    10/07/2018 12:48 PM

    I agree with you. Just because a woman says it happen ed, shouldn't make her automatically believed. Listened to, yes...believed...not necessarily. Men have the right to be heard and believed as well. There is no one who went through high school that didn't fight off unwanted advances...even those of us who were fat and ugly. Dr Ford was not a credible witness. Her testimony was too rehearsed. She had too many memory gaps but always seemed to remember WHO....alrhpugh she remembered nothing else. I remember being sexually abused in a band practice room it was room 4 at the middle school I attended and the culprit was the first trumpeter. I was 2 grades below him. I remember it but it certainly didn't impact my life long term! As a "Psychologist" she Should be known if she had issues and sought help long before she had the grand opportunity afforded her by the democrats who simply exploited her. If she truly didn't want this to go public as she has stated, she would be mounting a lawsuit against Diane Feinstein for publicising her story. Why she even sent it to Feinstein is beyond me unless the payout was huge. I found it interesting that her friends from the time don't remember her telling them anything yet remember her being quite fast and loose for a 15 tear old. I also found it quite telling that she had no family support. Her mother continued her country club fundraising and her father played golf at the club. Not one statement from her family...things that maje you go hmmmm. I know my mother would be been very vocal and my father would've too.They would be been present at every hearing...every press conference....nit hers...t bff at just ignored it and went on with their lives.

  • Lorraine blair

    10/07/2018 10:52 AM

    One problem I had in all of this was the Dems like to use the flavor of the day ( now being The Me Too movement and sexual harassment) to bring down anyone that doesn’t fit their agenda. Blasey-Fords testimony didn’t seem credible to me but very weak. I didnt believe that a boy getting a little to frisky in a bedroom 36 years ago would scar or traumatize a person for life. Instead I believe there are other deep seeded problems going on. I do feel sorry for her and her feeling of humiliation she felt, which was the only time she actually cried. I don’t believe a mans life and reputation should be ruined for that.

  • Mishaleen Allen

    10/07/2018 10:27 AM

    Well said!

  • Martha Krusemark

    10/06/2018 02:20 PM

    I did not believe Dr.Ford when she started to speak in a little girl voice. I'm sure this is not the tone in her lectures.Then she was so caught up in telling about meeting the other boy at his workplace. She must have followed him around to see all she was telling about his reaction to seeing her. Instead I would have thought she would have been afraid and would have hurried to her mother's side. And how did she get home or did we ever find out where the house was supposed to be. Where were her parents when at 15 she was going to a house with boys drinking and no adults present. Did she continue to go to parties like this later on.

  • Bill Codner Sr

    10/04/2018 10:48 AM

    Kavanaugh has been salaciously attacked by a group of communists who are driven by the abortion crowd, paid for and financed by Planned Parenthood (with our money by the way) George Soros and other liberal cronies who happen to hate America and it’s Constitution.

  • Carol Mathews

    10/03/2018 11:52 PM

    A couple years ago, a family male member then 46, who is disabled from an accident was working at a fast food place. Because of the accident, he can not look up without bending backwards which, of course, puts his body waist down in a forward position. While reaching up over his head to put plates on a shelf, a teenage girl employee 15 or 16 brushed past him. She immediately reported that he had made a sexual advance towards her. Te manager on duty, the co-workers and even the owner all agreed that there was no sexual misappropriation but it had to be reported to corporate as a procedure when one would make such an accusation.
    Corporate listen to no comments of innocence, no explanation or the circumstances, all they read was that at 15 or 16 year old black girl had accused a 46 year old white man and they said terminate him. We don't want a law suit, and therefore innocence would not be even considered.
    The owner gave the person a months pay and apologized saying his hands were tied.
    That is what we have come to. Guilty if accused of anything given age, sex or creed differences.
    Recently an actress who used to be on the series of witches with the Donnally girl stated that for years women have not been believed now it was the men's turn. 2 wrongs do not make a right. 36 years ago, what was a 15 year old girl out going to parties of much older people and what was a college girl still going to parties at the high school where gang rape was suppose to be prevalent? Where were her parents? Who was supervising her, driving her? That was still the era of, if you don't want a bad reputation or get into trouble, you don't go where trouble is. Not always but most of the time, people allow themselves to be in places they already know, or should know, they should not be, and if something does happen that is wrong or hurtful, they immediately blame anybody or anything to cover the guilt they feel for allowing themselves to be wherever they shouldn't have been. Rape or physical sexual abuse, (not a glance or gesture, smile or whistle) should NEVER happen but then if you knowing go where you have heard or been told it is happening, why would you be there? There is something called "personal responsibility" but maybe like "common sense" it isn't common anymore.

  • Linda Malyan Rickard

    10/03/2018 09:26 AM

    I agree with you 100% Gov Huckabee! I am ashamed of the Democrats and all of these Liberals that think for some reason they have the right to destroy someone else because they do not fit into their agenda. As a woman, I believe Judge Kavanaugh. I pray for him and his family always. I am wondering if we did some digging into the democrats on the committee what we would find???? Thank you Sir for being you, and for raising a beautiful daughter. Sarah is a blessing to this country. Have a blessed day.

  • A.Morrissey

    10/02/2018 07:30 PM

    I did not believe Mrs. Ford. I carefully listened to her story and having had a few traumatic experiences of my own, such as living through a revolution that brought Socialism into my native country, Having all means of support taken from most of my family; Having to see many of my friends incarcerated or executed for being against the government. Remember places, dates of each horrible experience. Came into exile 7 years later, 51 years ago. I am an American by choice, I started working 1 week after arriving to NYC, and I still do. Remember every traumatic date and place. I don't believe on a "victim" walking into a house, sober, claiming it was a "party" with two girls and three drinking boys not remembering date, address, how she got there, how she made it home and not telling anyone for 30 years. There is only one reason I can think of for not telling her parents or reporting it. She could not think anyone could believe a 15 year old can convince any grown up that 2 girls and 3 boys could call a drinking orgy "a party" ; She talks about going "upstairs to a bedroom" not carried there. No witness, no details, If she saw there were no grown ups, why did she stay?. She has made up a story that is as unbelievable now as it would have been then if she expected to sound innocent and naive.

  • Crystal Koch

    10/02/2018 05:06 PM

    I fully agree! It is the Left that is trying to keep him out of the Supreme Court not matter what! They are liars and slanderers and I hope they never see a "blue wave"! God forbid!

  • Sam Johnson

    10/02/2018 03:29 PM

    Good article. However, as a conservative, I seem to be in the minority—I think Kavanaugh could have done what he's being accused of. I also don't think Kavanaugh is that conservative: 1) he was a Bushite; 2) he has delivered a pro-Obamacare opinion as a judge; and 3) there is significant evidence that he helped cover up the murder of Vincent Foster by labeling it a suicide. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could easily end up being a Souter or a Roberts 2.0, in my opinion.

    In addition, Kavanaugh was way too defensive during the hearing. Unlike Sarah Huckabee Sanders, he did not handle accusatory questions very well. He also didn't seem that cooperative. Sarah needs to coach him. :)

    Anyway, I'm praying for God's will to be done, and I encourage others to do the same. I'm also praying that, if Kavanaugh is not God's will, He will bring someone better and more conservative.

  • RANDALL HENDRICKS

    10/02/2018 02:31 PM

    LOOKING AT DR. FORD'S STATEMENT OF THE LOCATION OF THE TWO DOORS ( BATHROOM AND BEDROOM) BEING ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER , IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PUSH A PERSON FROM BEHIND INTO THE OPPOSITE ROOM ONE IS GOING INTO, WITHOUT SEEING THE PERSON PUSHING . IT ALSO SEEMS FUNNY SEEM FUNNY THAT A PETITE 15 YEAR OLD GIRL COULD ESCAPE TWO 17 YEAR OLD FOOTBALL PLAYERS. SHE ALSO NEVER MENTIONED THAT HER CLOTHES OR BATHING SUIT WERE IN ANY WAY REMOVED YET SHE "THOUGHT" HE WAS GOING TO RAPE HER. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I HEARD THE STATEMENT "I THOUGHT HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY GOING TO KILL ME". WHO WOULD EVER SAY THAT?

  • Firewagon

    10/02/2018 02:14 PM

    And, the chorus shouted AMEN! Without doubt, many, if not most, women acknowledge that this "accusation" against Kavanaugh is factually, categorically, weak. Only those, like the out-of-control group in that elevator with Flake, having TDS, and or would 'die on a cross' defending abortion "rights," are ALL IN in preventing Kavanaugh being the next SCJ!

  • Carroll Collins

    10/02/2018 01:23 PM

    Isn't it quite possible that Mark Judge or any of the other boys attending those parties could have introduced themselves as Brett Kavanaugh?
    It happens a lot, starts as a joke, or done purposely to allow bad behavior? Dr. Ford has been used as a pawn. Judge Kavanaugh has been dragged through the mud. And sadly, women who have been sexually abused; have not been championed by this travesty.

  • Sharon K Anderson

    10/02/2018 11:51 AM

    Kelly Ann Conway expressed what I have heard from many women. Judge Kavanaugh has an excellent record. I believed every word he said at the hearing. Definite questions I would have liked to have asked Dr. Ford. Supposedly an educated women sure lacked some sense in my book. Also lied - Flying - Whose paying for things connected to her statements. One women should not be able to destroy a man and his family with a accusation that in my book is totally untrue!!!

  • sandy koontz

    10/02/2018 11:36 AM

    I agree with those comments. I also want to know how she became a professor of psychology when she should be seeing one, not being one.

  • Pat Robins

    10/02/2018 10:55 AM

    Always the professional, always informed and ways fair and I respect and admire your ethics and integrity.

  • Sharon Roser

    10/02/2018 10:53 AM

    GREAT article by Laura Ainsworth! I, also, do not believe Ford's story. It is completely beyond my comprehension that someone (who should not have been at a drinking party when she was underage in the first place) would have the traumatic experience she reports but returned to the party and no one suspected anything (her clothes & hair were not messed??) and she never told anyone. She was groped and traumatized but able to continue through the rest of the evening with no one noticing anything was amiss? That's harder for me to swallow than that Kavanaugh had some involvement!

  • Sam Doubet

    10/02/2018 09:38 AM

    I would like to add to your line on forgiveness. If something really did happen to Dr. Ford, the perpetrator would have to answer to God for "vengeance is mine says the lord". Likely that person would have already experienced their sentence by now if not the day he stands before God. So if Kavanaugh really did something, he has 6 FBI investigations, 2 presidential approvals, and countless people throughout his career to vouch for his current character today. If God's plan for Kavanaugh is to be a supreme court justice, we should not intervene.