Op-Ed: How the Democrats killed ‘believe all women’


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Via:  jasper2529  •  last year  •  13 comments

By:   By Catherine Cherkasky, for USA Today

Op-Ed: How the Democrats killed ‘believe all women’
Democrats who backed Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Kavanaugh now suddenly shift because their preferred presidential candidate is threatened.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

In early October 2018, amid the hysteria surrounding the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, I wrote an opinion piece for USA TODAY questioning the wisdom of the “believe all women” rhetoric that many cited in condemning Justice Kavanaugh, without any critical analysis of the allegation against him.

Less than two years later, the biggest proponents of this movement at the time of the Kavanaugh hearing seem to be backtracking on its logic.

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has been plagued by allegations ranging from not respecting personal space to unwanted touching, culminating now with an allegation of actual sexual assault by a former Senate aide named Tara Reade. The debate, as with Kavanaugh, is whether this assault actually happened. But the analysis this go-round is quite different.

According to the traditional #MeToo logic, there is automatically enough evidence to believe the Reade allegation and to destroy Biden’s career as a result. On its face, this case should be a straightforward application of the “believe all women” approach.

But the calculus has suddenly changed now that it is a Democrat on the receiving end. Many in the #MeToo movement have traditionally interpreted the noble goal of eradicating sexual violence from our society to mean that you must “believe all women.” Now, those same people are backtracking on their own advice.

One of them, actress Alyssa Milano, famously tweeted in 2017, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet” — and caused the movement to go viral.

This month, Milano revisited the topic to explain her self-described “silence” over the sexual assault allegations against Biden. “I just don’t feel comfortable throwing away a decent man that I’ve known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without there being a thorough investigation,” she said in a SiriusXM interview.

And that is precisely the point. No one — not Kavanaugh, and not Biden — deserves a snap judgment determination of guilt based solely upon the word of an accuser without a “thorough investigation” yielding some form of corroboration. This is an obvious truth that people like Milano have chosen to ignore until it served them, politically or otherwise.

As a criminal defense attorney specializing in sexual assault defense — and a former federal special victims’ prosecutor of these same cases — I can assure you that corroboration is key to any claim of sexual assault, particularly one in which there is a delayed report. On the topic of corroboration, then, Reade’s allegation is far and away the stronger of the two. She presents a plausible narrative of sexual assault compared with Christine Blasey Ford’s more fantastical allegation against Kavanaugh.

I am not writing this, however, to convince one way or another about the truth of Reade’s allegation. I am writing this solely in an effort to persuade all of us to respectfully and critically analyze any claim of sexual misconduct before leaping to judgment, particularly when the consequences of such an allegation have extremely far-reaching implications for people’s careers and lives.

I am writing this also because I am truly shocked at the brazen hypocrisy I have seen with respect to Reade’s allegation. It is not enough for some people to suggest that they “do not know” whether Reade’s allegation is true. Instead, the very same individuals who “stood with Christine Blasey Ford” and “believed her,” despite all logical evidence to the contrary, now declare that they are all but certain Reade (a woman with a decidedly more corroborated allegation of sexual assault) is a liar. Simply and obviously because, if true, her allegation threatens the nomination of their preferred presidential candidate.

Catherine Cherkasky is a veteran, former special victims prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney who specializes in sexual assault defense.


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1  seeder  Jasper2529    last year

Comments about President Donald Trump are off-topic.

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2  seeder  Jasper2529    last year
One of Reade’s friends and her brother confirm hearing about a version of the incident at the time; another was told a few years later.

And now there is a recording corroborating Reade’s earlier report that her late mother had   called into the “Larry King Live” show in 1993   about the incident, though without specifically describing it. In other words, there is a far more credible history of Reade’s allegation than that presented by Ford.

Ford’s friend whom she presented to corroborate her claim   denied knowing Kavanaugh   or remembering being at a party with him. In fact,   not a single soul   could back up her story.
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3  seeder  Jasper2529    last year
And so it is that the very people who gave life to the “believe all women” movement are single-handedly responsible for its unceremonious death.
But this is not a bad thing. The movement never had any place among the intellectual and reasoned analysis that all allegations of this nature should enjoy. Democrats and Republicans alike can commit heinous acts, and likewise can be falsely accused of such. But no matter one’s political affiliation, we are all entitled to the presumption of innocence pending evidence to the contrary.
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3.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Jasper2529 @3    last year

Well said.  The hypocrisy of the democrats knows no bounds on this issue.  

Masters Principal
4  Nerm_L    last year

Joe Biden has already admitted to inappropriately touching people in the past.  And Biden has justified that past behavior rather than apologizing.

Joe Biden only offered excuses in the past to avoid the issue and Joe Biden is not addressing the issue now.

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4.1  seeder  Jasper2529  replied to  Nerm_L @4    last year

From Joe's words in the video (paraphrased) ...

It's the way I show I care and that I'm listening. And now the boundaries have been reset.

In what country has this man lived during his lifetime? Even though he thinks it's appropriate to publicly kiss his granddaughter on the lips, it's never been acceptable and appropriate to get into personal comfort spaces or nuzzle/sniff women and young girls/boys in this country!

Professor Principal
5  JBB    last year

What would the gop be without false indications...

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5.2  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @5    last year

What would the Democrats be if they didn't have hypocrisy and Trump?

Professor Principal
5.2.1  JBB  replied to  Ronin2 @5.2    last year

You mean hypocrisy as in the gop being all falsely indignant about one isolated and quite spurious accusation against Joe Biden while refusing to even address the twenty five such claims regarding Trump? That kind of rank hypocrisy? That is the height of hypocrisy!

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5.2.3  dennis smith  replied to    last year

Typical deflection from JBB

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5.2.4  seeder  Jasper2529  replied to  JBB @5.2.1    last year

and Ronin - Comment 5.2

Please read Comment 1 . This is your only warning. 


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