One Anne Vetter writes in the Strib that she is reporting the perpetrators of two sexual assaults against hes…
The day after the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, I spent the morning on the phone with the Title IX coordinator from my college. I’d never spoken to her before, but I recounted in excruciating detail the two times men raped me while I was in school.
Not a cop. A school bureaucrat, representative of a system that often repudiates due process and starts from a presumption of guilt (for men).
But it’s a start.
Now I see that reporting has a purpose, even if it’s not about the pursuit of legal justice. The report may be confidential, and the perpetrator may not suffer immediate consequences. But Kavanaugh defenders doubted Ford’s credibility because there was no contemporaneous evidence of any misdeeds. If she’d been able to point to paperwork she’d filled out in the early 1980s, this conversation – and Kavanaugh’s candidacy for the Supreme Court – would probably have ended weeks ago. Reporting an incident as soon as possible puts contemporaneous testimony into the record, in case it is ever needed.
On the one hand, at least it’s a report. Who knows – she may protect some other woman in the future.
On the other hand – what does she want? A oookie? I mean, good on ya, Anne, for doing what you’re supposed to do.
I get it. It’s hard to do – similar to men reporting being victims of domestic abuse. Perhaps I’m being insensitive.