Last week I saw a short interview segment of women who were asked about the accusations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
One said “Well, what 17-year-old boy hasn’t done that?”
Leave the politics of the situation aside for the time being. They are actually secondary to the accusations. I believe there is a presumption of innocence and the burden of proof is on the accuser. The accusations will play out and either Kavanaugh will end up on the Court or not. That’s not what I’m writing about today.
I’m rather upset at statements like the one that I highlighted. In one moment, they didn’t believe the accusations. And in the next moment, they were rationalizing them away if they did happen.
If they did happen, then there are no rational arguments to defend such actions. Ever.
And frankly, I was rather ticked off by the flippant statement – “Well, what 17-year-old boy hasn’t done that?”
Well, me for one. And I imagine I’m not alone. In fact, I’m probably in good company with many other men who were 17 and never assaulted a woman. I don’t appreciate this woman’s low expectation of young men. I don’t appreciate the rationalization in order to advance a cause. I don’t appreciate excuses being made for abusive behavior – regardless of who actually does the abuse.
There is never a good reason to abuse a woman, or anyone for that matter. When an accusation comes up, it should be investigated so that the truth might come out. It shouldn’t be fluffed off as something flippant. No wonder people hesitate in reporting abuse against them. When they do come forward, they are often belittled, threatened more, and abused by those who don’t like accusations. This has got to stop.