A guest post from Doris D.

October 4, 2018

I would like to speak out about women who make assault claims against men years after the event occurred. I believe I have the right to speak on this, as I was a victim of a brutal attack in October of 1972.

When I was 17, I went to a haunted house. I was at the end of the line as we passed through the first room, and just before I went through the second doorway, a man who was working for the haunted house reached up, grabbed my right arm, twisted it behind my back and pulled me down in a pit. I screamed my head off, but everyone else in the building was screaming, too. (what a perfect set up for a pervert) 
As soon as I figured out the Calvary was not coming, me and this guy began to fight like two junk yard dogs. (I forgot to mention I was a farm girl with an older brother, so this was not my first knock down drag out fight) I found a board in the darkness and smacked him right across his face, I kneed him in the groin at least twice, found the board again and cracked him across the knees and the back of his shoulders. He had me by the neck and was shaking me for a while, he pulled out a chunk of my hair, ripped my shirt to shreds and left long deep scratches down both of my arms. Finally I body slammed him up against the wall and was trying to climb out of the pit, when he grabbed me by the waist and pulled me back in, and I proceeded to kick and hit and bite until he decided I was more trouble than he had bargained for, and he threw me through a door where I tumbled down some concrete steps and came to rest on the lawn. He came out of the house and was standing on the porch under a light, and I still can’t tell you what he looked like, other than he was about 6’ tall, blonde and was wearing a local college sweatshirt. I know my first swing of the board got him good, because he had blood running down his face and it was all over my shirt as well. I jumped up and took off running for my car, locked all the doors, bawled n squalled for a bit, then drove home to get my dad!!! 


The police said the haunted house was sponsored by a local radio station, and that the local college had provided many young men to work as volunteers. They lined up five blonde guys, all wearing jeans and the same college sweatshirt, all with a bloody bandage around their foreheads and asked if I could identify my attacker. I could not then, nor could I today.


However, let’s say one of the guys in the line up was now up for confirmation for the supreme court. A reporter finds out he was in that line up back in 1972 and hunts me down. He shows me pictures from the guys college yearbook, and current pictures of the candidate as well. Just to make it a little more believable, let’s say the Judge applicant has a scar across his forehead. The reporter asks me if I can identify this guy as my attacker—and I say “no”. So, then he changes the question, “can I be sure he wasn’t my attacker”? Well-no.


The reporter “leaks” my story days before the confirmation hearing, and pictures of the Supreme Court nominee are plastered all over every type of media, stating it is possible, even probable, this man was my attacker. At the point this story hits the news, the truth no longer matters. The man’s reputation is ruined. The accusations made can never be put back in the bottle. He and his family will suffer forever and a day. His life will never be the same. His career is over. His kids must live with this hanging over their heads, their friends stop coming to their house for sleepovers. No one wants him to coach the girls’ basketball team anymore. Reporters are camped outside his home day and night.


Now they haul me off to a congressional committee and corner me into saying that I am not sure he was not the attacker. They have me recount everything I can remember about that night, they prove he was working in the haunted house, they have documents where his friends say he frequently drank beer and he was a mean drunk. They find the other four guys in the original lineup and none of them have a scar on their face. They bring papers from hundreds of people who can say I have told them of this incident. (I tell everyone I meet not to let their kids go to haunted houses) They drag out pictures of me with a bloody nose, black eye, swollen lip and horrific scratches and bruises all around my neck. They believe my testimony—they show me crying on TV. They say I am wonderful as a witness, what courage, what a testimony! Everyone agrees, something horrific happened to me that night!!!! People feel sorry for me, they write me letters of support and tell me stories of their own. They open GO FUND ME pages and raise more than a million dollars to cover my expenses, after all, I am the victim here!


Now, to prove the man was (or, God forbid, was not) my attacker, he must be investigated by the FBI! What defense does this man have? Yes, he was there. Yes, he sometimes had a beer. Yes, he was in the lineup. Yes, he has a scar consistent with my story of smacking my attacker across the head with a board. Yes, he attended that college but so did about 1000 other guys.


The other guys working at the haunted house that night say it wasn’t him, they admit he may have had a beer or two, but they said they know he didn’t do it. They say he was working a different room and they don’t remember him leaving his station. The accused has an impeccable record for all the years of his adult life. He has never before been accused of anything so vile. Everyone who knows this man said something like this type of attack is not in his character.


Still, it is obvious something terrible happened to me that night, and he could be the guy. That should be enough to destroy any attempt for him to sit on the supreme court, and well, that is all the democrats need. Just enough to question his character. No matter how many lives of common people have been drug through the mud. If anyone has the temerity to defend the man in question, they will be destroyed as well, and the body count will grow. Truth has no place in the U S government. They do not care if this allegation is true or not, only that it can be used as a weapon in their war against America.


Have we come to the place that we are going to believe every accusation, that everyone is guilty until proven innocent? I believe most women could point out some man they have worked with who would be guilty of sexual harassment by today’s standards. I also believe most teenage girls could name a guy in their school who is a big flirt and tries to grab their bum at every opportunity. I do believe every complaint should be heard and investigated, but I do not believe every man is guilty until proven innocent. I believe most women are truthful, I know there are others who are not. I believe some men are liars, but I believe there are just as many, if not more, who are not! I also do not believe we should turn our heads when things are “leaked” to the news media and do nothing. I think the FBI should hunt those guys down and prosecute them!
If we are going to concede that every man is guilty until proven innocent anytime someone comes up with a creepy story from ten-twenty-thirty-forty even fifty years ago, no decent person will ever want to run for any public office or take any appointment in service of our country! Who would want to put themselves, and their families, in the line of fire? 


Do all the members of congress believe we the people are too ignorant to notice every time a conservative begins to win any type of electoral race that suddenly some woman jumps up and screams “25 years ago he took advantage of me!” It is ridiculous. It has come to the place where democrats and republicans alike are so disgusting. There are a handful I think are honorable, but the majority are enemies of the people. 
If anything beneficial should come of this circus we are watching unfold between Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, I hope it is a new law that states after five years, if you have been sitting on some sexual assault information, it is null and void. The exception is for children who would have until age 25 to reveal their information. 


I know many women will say I am cruel and do not understand how painful their situation was, how they just cannot talk about it. If that is the case, I hope someday you find the strength to go to a place that can help you recover. If you are one of the few (who by the way, give legitimate victims a bad name) who feel they must hold their secret until they see their perpetrator on television or in a position of power, or want to jump on the bandwagon when someone else makes the first accusation, then I am less likely to find your story believable. Sorry. 
So, here is the thing. We need to make a more level playing field. If you are planning to make an accusation against anyone about pretty much anything except murder, from more than five years ago, the chances of them being able to defend themselves diminish greatly. I mean, how many of you know where you were, whom you were with, what you were wearing and what you were doing on October 13, 1972? Probably not many, other than me.

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  • Penelope Wadkins

    10/08/2018 06:28 PM

    First of all, I am so sympathetic to Doris D., as she experienced & has lived with the painful memories of the terror, violation and heinous assault done to her in 1972. I am so glad she was able to recover and tell her story. If there is one thing she can know as truth - is that even though she may not have been able to recognize her attacker - God knows who he is! Secondly, as a mother of sons, I find this tactic of "Guilty until proven innocent" from the far left to be ridiculous and very dangerous for our Republic. As responsible moms, we train our young men to cherish, protect, and treat women with respect and equality. This new "mob mentality" of including ALL men as abusers of women because of their political beliefs has got to STOP!

  • Dianna Batts

    10/08/2018 12:23 PM

    This was written with my exact feelings as well... all too often in todays world, men are guilty until proven innocent... I agree that there should be time limits... what I found with the accusations brought on by Ford were unbelievable simply because it allegedly happened 36 years ago (why did she not speak out about it 36 years ago), she couldn't remember important details, no one corroborated her claims, and she simply carried herself as unbelievable, in my humble opinion... I also strongly feel that Feinstein should be removed from her position because she totally blew ethics... Ford took the information to Feinstein in June, yet Feinstein kept it to herself until a few weeks before the scheduled confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh... why is it that Democrats go by a different set of rules and standards than anyone else?... As the Bible says, 'He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone'... I would like for someone to name ONE politician, judge, or person in power who is without sin... who never in their life drank some sort of alcohol… who never in their life acted inappropriately with another person, whether sexual or otherwise... who never in their life acted inappropriately at all... who never in their life had lust in their hearts/eyes... who never in their life swore... who never in their life took something that didn't belong to them... who never in their life cheated in any way, be it on a test, or towards another... the list could go on and on, but it still comes down to, 'He who is without sin'... how many of todays sitting politicians are 'without sin'? Not a single one of them ! How many of the past politicians were without sin? Not a single one of them... Feinstein and Ford both should not just be able to walk away from this gloating... they should both be investigated with the same vigor that they insisted that the FBI give in order to hang Judge Kavanaugh... they should not be able to walk away...

  • Tamy Burns

    10/07/2018 02:21 PM

    First off, thank you for sharing your story. I agree with you, limits need to be established and 5 years for sexual assault seems reasonable. I too have a story. I've also worked for years in the government and have dealt with many men who thought fanny pinching and lude remarks were all great good fun. We women dealt with it back then. And, I'm grateful things have changed and are changing. However, that doesn't excuse what is happening from the radical left. They have completely lost their minds and, unfortunately for all of us, they are in a place of power.

    If any one of our elected officials had said and done even one tenth of what they say against President Trump to President Obama, they would have been, at the very least, raked over the proverbial coals. The lack of respect in our nation is at an all time high. It sickens me and embarrasses me when when talking with people from other nations.

    Thank you again Doris for speaking out. Thank you Mr. Huckabee for speaking truth and clearing out the muck so we can see the bottom line. My prayers are with you.

  • Amy Christian

    10/07/2018 11:48 AM

    Like millions of women, I was raped at 15. I remember the most important details of this "event" :place, rapist, comments, etc. It was brutal and a lasting memory. Did I tell my parents? No. I felt ashamed and well, maybe, just maybe, I caused this to happen to me. You see, God gave me "great looks". And, I came from a home with insane violence. I knew, thanks to my big brothers coaching, from the age of 10 on, how to climb up my Dad's back and put a joke hold on him to save my Mom from yet another beating. These are "markers" that supposedly cause lack of memory. Lets be clear: no one forgets brutality, it is how we become survivors. In my humble opinion, Ford lied. Her "little girl voice" was an act, an attempt to take down a great Supreme Court Justice. There is no way she "forgot" everything, as this is how we survive. I am so relieved that Brett was too, a survivor.

  • Katrina Stuckey

    10/07/2018 09:19 AM

    RE: Doris D guest comment.... You said it very well! I thought that we DID have a statute of limitations on sex crimes. As far as that goes, I also thought we had a innocent until PROVEN guilty, beyond a REASONABLE doubt component to our judicial system. Apparently, I was disillusioned. The left is emotionally motivated and the right is factually motivated. I only hope that while the center/right folks are tuning out the media/tv propaganda circus, the left isn't successful in keeping us out of the voting booths in November and the subsequent 2 years. Never before have I been looking up so desperately.

  • Marion Lovell

    10/07/2018 01:26 AM

    I agree with the points that Doris made in her story and also I am thankful for you Mike Huckabee, for all the information you share!
    It worries me that so many protesters are going to carry on with their rants and make things worse!
    I believe this is one more sign the bible tells us about the signs of the end of the world! Prayers for the Kavanaugh family and all concerned!

  • Gayle De Vries

    10/06/2018 07:12 PM

    Very good remarks. I was on a jury over 25 years ago, the young man was accused of "date" rape of a young woman (both over 18). Basically her word against his. He said they had consensual sex, she said he raped her and she fell asleep in his bed. The next AM she was walking on the road, trying to get back to her school where she had final exams scheduled. A State Trooper stopped her and asked if she was ok, she went with him to the station and filed a charge against the young man, didn't know his name, or address, but led police to his house. She gave the excuse to the school that she was raped. She admitted to being intoxicated and going into his room, but didn't make any accusations at the party. The young man had a spotless record, several character witnesses and never changed his story. The big "evidence" against him was the Playboy magazines found in his room! The assistant DA had no evidence and was very disorganized. During a lunch break with another juror, a woman I knew, said she had been attacked as a young woman and she was going to "get this guy" . I reminded her that we were not to talk about the case outside the jury room and we had not deliberated. We had been given a chance during jury selection to be excused if we had any history of sexual attacks on our person or anyone close to us and swore that we had not. She lied to get on the jury! We deliberated a short time and took a "straw vote" and it 11-1 for NG. You can guess who the holdout was. After several hours of deliberating and trying to convince the woman, I finally took her aside and told her I was going to call the baliff and tell him we were deadlocked and then tell him why. She finally changed her vote and we got out of the jury room. The judge thanked us and made it clear that he was very happy with the results. I talked to the young mans attorney after court and told him how close it was to a mistrial. He was really angry about the juror and wanted her to be turned over to the judge, I said no, let it go. I later used this attorney for my families personal attorney for several years. The woman never spoke to me again. Sorry, not sorry as the kids say today. Years later I asked the attorney how the young man was doing and he said he finished college, married had a good career and was, in his opinion, completely innocent of the charge. Yes, false accusations happen and for many reasons.

  • Gayle De Vries

    10/06/2018 07:11 PM

    Very good remarks. I was on a jury over 25 years ago, the young man was accused of "date" rape of a young woman (both over 18). Basically her word against his. He said they had consensual sex, she said he raped her and she fell asleep in his bed. The next AM she was walking on the road, trying to get back to her school where she had final exams scheduled. A State Trooper stopped her and asked if she was ok, she went with him to the station and filed a charge against the young man, didn't know his name, or address, but led police to his house. She gave the excuse to the school that she was raped. She admitted to being intoxicated and going into his room, but didn't make any accusations at the party. The young man had a spotless record, several character witnesses and never changed his story. The big "evidence" against him was the Playboy magazines found in his room! The assistant DA had no evidence and was very disorganized. During a lunch break with another juror, a woman I knew, said she had been attacked as a young woman and she was going to "get this guy" . I reminded her that we were not to talk about the case outside the jury room and we had not deliberated. We had been given a chance during jury selection to be excused if we had any history of sexual attacks on our person or anyone close to us and swore that we had not. She lied to get on the jury! We deliberated a short time and took a "straw vote" and it 11-1 for NG. You can guess who the holdout was. After several hours of deliberating and trying to convince the woman, I finally took her aside and told her I was going to call the baliff and tell him we were deadlocked and then tell him why. She finally changed her vote and we got out of the jury room. The judge thanked us and made it clear that he was very happy with the results. I talked to the young mans attorney after court and told him how close it was to a mistrial. He was really angry about the juror and wanted her to be turned over to the judge, I said no, let it go. I later used this attorney for my families personal attorney for several years. The woman never spoke to me again. Sorry, not sorry as the kids say today. Years later I asked the attorney how the young man was doing and he said he finished college, married had a good career and was, in his opinion, completely innocent of the charge. Yes, false accusations happen and for many reasons.

  • Deborah Jo King

    10/06/2018 11:25 AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. What the Democrats and hysterical women are doing to this man is a shame. And to his family. People don't think about what they are doing. I agree totally that their should be a limitation on the time to come forward. 5 years is good.

  • Bonnie L. Quick

    10/06/2018 10:00 AM

    Finally, some sense! I agree that many women have been approached or groped or raped. I worked in Domestic Violence for years. No doubt, real attacks happen. BUT, I have never had a woman with a legitimate complaint not recall details even if they could not identify attacker. I have however, experienced women bringing false claims against men and accuse them of everything from DV to child molestation. We must be careful before publicly humiliating someone who may be innocent, Lives are ruined and no matter how hard a person tries, it is not easy to erase such accusations.
    I am ashamed of us as a nation who appears to be salivating over some ill conceived hateful plot to keep a man from an office.
    We must bring some sanity back to our system. No one should be held accountable without REAL evidence. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
    Thank you Mike Huckabee for continuing to bring some signs of decency to the forefront. Bonnie Quick

  • Jan White

    10/06/2018 09:41 AM

    Spot on Doris! Thank you for your insight and your willingness to share a horrific experience. Just proves that women CAN recover sanely from any experience and put TRUTH first. It never excuses wrong-doing, but it can certainly not destroy either.

  • Linda Bailey

    10/06/2018 06:33 AM

    I agree that a law should be pushed through Congress that states the "five year" rule. That is very reasonable and the majority ( at least all normal people) would agree with that. The Liberal Democrats are just going to resist EVERYTHING. (even if it is their idea. If it is presented by a Republican they will resist). The only good that has come from all of this is I have seen 2 Politicians that are "not corrupt". Sen. Huckabee and Sen. Graham. They both have my respect and are honest men. Keep fighting for us. God Bless Brett Kavanaugh and his family. It is unreal what they have gone through. So sad.

  • Joanne Sgrignoli

    10/06/2018 05:49 AM

    Wow! Doris D. is spot on! What a harrowing story. God bless her for sharing this very personal experience.

    As a teen and into my 20s I experienced many kinds of sexual harrassment- from a married manager at a store where I worked at 15 - he cornered me in a backroom and proceeded to show me the size of his penis, to a supervisor in the early 70s who reached into my blouse and cupped my breast. I told my supervisor to please remove his hand or I would report him, and he did. I would be embarrassed to stand up and tell people this story to besmirch his reputation today.

  • Denise A Wright

    10/06/2018 02:38 AM

    Thank you Doris D. for your courage to come forth and write your assault story. I am truly sorry that you had this happen to you, and I praise God that you weren't killed in this attack. You are a strong and brave women to fight off your attacker like you did! If you had not had the strength, presence of mind, and stamina this attack might have been more horrendous.
    Your news post was sobering, honest, and full of wisdom in regards to those women who as you mentioned would just be waiting after many years to bring down an influential man. You had a very good point saying that after 5 years and not reporting your assault, it would be very difficult for anyone to remember exactly what happened.
    I am a woman and a Senior Citizen and I agree with your statement. Again, I am so sorry that you had to experience your brutal attack by the college student in 1972. Asking God to bless you with His total healing and His peace.
    Denise A Wright

  • Denise A Wright

    10/06/2018 02:30 AM

    Thank you Doris D. for your courage to come forth and write your assault story. I am truly sorry that you had this happen to you, and I praise God that you weren't killed in this attack. You are a strong and brave women to fight off your attacker like you did! If you had not had the strength, presence of mind, and stamina this attack might have been more horrendous.
    Your news post was sobering, honest, and full of wisdom in regards to those women who as you mentioned would just be waiting after many years to bring down an influential man. You had a very good point saying that after 5 years and not reporting your assault, it would be very difficult for anyone to remember exactly what happened.
    I am a woman and a Senior Citizen and I agree with your statement. Again, I am so sorry that you had to experience your brutal attack by the college student in 1972. Asking God to bless you with His total healing and His peace.
    Denise A Wright

  • Curt

    10/05/2018 11:14 PM

    Sir, you sound very arrogant and pitiful. If it were your daughter, you would be a very sorry parents if you actually believe your own comments. Sir, you have a huge problem and it stands out. Shame on you.

  • Jolyn Linkous

    10/05/2018 07:03 PM

    Well said, and I agree!

  • Linda Keen

    10/05/2018 05:56 PM

    This is amazing how you worded this story. I agree 100 percent with you. If Dr. Ford had intentions of bringing charges, they should have been done 36 years ago when the witnesses could remember better. It is hard sometimes for me to remember what happened on what day last week. I believe something could have happened to her but I believe part could be in her imagination. I think she was paid to say it was Kavanaugh to keep him from being appointed to the Supreme Court. I know many women that lie about things to get their way and some have even caused others to go to prison for things that were not true. I think the FBI should have investigated Dr Ford for the last 36 years and see if there were any secrets in her closet. She should have to face charges for ruining another person's life especially if she has extra money in her bank account.

  • Nadine Mortensen

    10/05/2018 05:54 PM

    WOW, Doris!!! THAT is a powerful and compelling story that is absolutely believable to me! I am so terribly sorry that this happened to you! I absolutely appreciate your courage in detailing this story to us now. I hope yours and any other story like it can cause people to think more clearly about what's really going on here!!! God Bless You, Doris!!!

  • Kimber Bogema

    10/05/2018 04:35 PM

    Could not agree more.
    I was a victim multiple times when I was a teen, and attacked by my bf when I said no at age 23.
    To go after any of them more than two decades later just because they are succeeding now? Seems vindictive. If there was a crime committed and a victim needed a character witness against one of them I would volunteer.
    I agree with the writer that trashing someone’s life over ancient history when he has no way to defend himself is just wrong. Guilty until proven innocent isn’t who we are as a continent is it? If it is, I am afraid for my son and daughters alike.
    The madness needs to stop.
    Every dissent is shouted down and people have become afraid to share their views on many topics for fear of having their lives destroyed, and their families as well!

  • Sheldon E. Russell

    10/05/2018 04:21 PM

    My wife of 37 years and I just finished reading the Doris D comments, and we both like the idea of a law that prevents accusations of a crime, other than murder, after 5 years. Thank you D for writing and sharing your story and observations. Also, thank you Mike Huckabee for the verse of the day at the end of your posts. My wife and I pray often for you and your daughter.

  • Sandra Nielsen

    10/05/2018 03:02 PM

    I read this article and I agree with this woman. In July of 1972 I was raped. I remember what happened--where it happened and how I felt after. I do not remember the name of the man, or the exact date or what he looked like. I also became pregnant because of rape. I had my baby and placed that baby for adoption. I have sense come to meet her and her adoptive parents. For me, being a survivor is about moving on, about forgiving and about seeing the good that came out of something horrific. I now work at a pregnancy center. As I have watched this he said-she said soap opera unfold--I have been reminded of my own assault. One of the things that many in politics do not realize is that the constant rhetoric about this triggers memories of those of us who have gone through this and have moved on. I am also reminded that God knows what happened back then and we will all be held accountable for our actions some day whether we believe that or not. We also live in an imperfect world. My hope is that we confirm Judge Cavanaugh, that we move on and stop using sexual assault for political gain--because there are those of us who have been assaulted, who do not disbelieve Dr. Ford but pray for her. I just wonder if she can be that certain who it was that assaulted her.

  • Stephen Mitchell

    10/05/2018 02:20 PM

    Read Heinrich Ibsen's play , " An Enemy of the People "

  • Charlotte Rubush

    10/05/2018 02:01 PM

    Excellent comment....and so true. Doris D was a brave person, unlike some who enjoy the victim role. Many women have had our unfortunate experiences with the opposite sex, but time erases the certainty of details. The left is on a path of destruction for this country with their new logic of proving innocence. It is very depressing to view the news and see how power hungry they are, illogical, and happy to be fear mongering. If they want a revolution, it's quite possible they will succeed. I'm ready to fight them like Doris did her attacker.

  • William M. Kaluske, Sr.

    10/05/2018 01:43 PM

    First, I am sorry you were a victim of such a vicious attack. Second, you have articulated the current situation in American politics better than anyone to date.
    Last, a huge THANK YOU for coming forward with such clarity and honesty.
    God bless you!