News Analysis: Kavanaugh, New Claims A Year Later

Washington, D.C. – September 27, 2018 – Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee – Photo: Andrew Harnik/Reuters

Political discourse erupts over new Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault charges.

by Steffen Bøhn – September 24, 2019

On September 14th, the New York Times published an excerpt from the book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, written by two of their reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.

The except visited the past allegations of Deborah Ramirez, but brought light to a new charge of sexual assault by Kavanaugh’s Yale classmate Max Stier.

This has caused an uproar across the country, having many officials calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment as Supreme Court Justice.

Sofia Benedetto, an Engineering Science and Mechanics Major at Virginia Tech was a victim of sexual assault by another Tech student and joins those calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.

“Five women can’t really just make up a story, this is something that’s been weighing on them for 30+ years now.” 

However, many have now come to Kavanaugh’s defense, including President Donald Trump, with many wondering about a lack of evidence.

The female victim has refused to interview with the New York Times and friends of the victim have even said she doesn’t remember the event taking place.

Nevertheless many like Virginia Tech student Benedetto still believe in the allegations, using her own experience with assault for reasoning as to why the victim may not have come forward at this time.

“Especially with people in power like that, it can be really really intimidating and really really scary to come forward and say you know ‘This happened to me.’  Especially you know there’s a whole stigmatism of people not believing women.” 

“I was very worried about what other people would think of me, cause also it was, you know, it was one thing to say it to yourself ‘You know I was assaulted,’ but for everyone else to know, that’s also very scary. “   

Whether or not a Kavanaugh impeachment will be implemented has yet to be seen, but the topic is still causing political unrest to this day.