Allegations that Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a woman when he was in high school emerged this past week. Now his formerly anonymous accuser is coming forward, has identified herself, provided evidence corroborating her story, and taken a lie detector test, administrated by a former FBI agent.
The initial complaint, shared in a confidential letter to Diane Feinstein, asserted that Kavanaugh had held down a woman and covered her mouth to stifle her complaints, and he or another person in the room had turned up music to keep others from hearing, while he tried to force himself on her. There has been much controversy around this initial missive, with a lot of focus on the author’s anonymity.
Now Kavanaugh’s accuser has decided to no longer remain anonymous. Her name is Christine Blasey Ford, and according to the Washington Post, she’s a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University and has documentation to prove she’s spoken about the incident before. In fact, in 2012, she discussed the attack during therapy with her husband. Therapist’s notes describe the named attacker as a student “from an elitist boys’ school,” and the attack as an attempted rape.
Ford took a polygraph test in early August, then decided to remain anonymous, despite the results affirming her honesty. However, her identity leaked, and reporters tried to question her. She decided she would come forward on her own terms.
Her husband confirms her story, saying he recalls her mentioning Kavanaugh by name. According to Heavy, the all-girls school that Ford attended was only about 7 miles from the all-boys school Kavanaugh attended, belying claims that his attendance at a gender-segregated school is a defense against the accusation.
As Ford describes the attack, another student was in the room at the time, Kavanaugh’s classmate Mark Judge. Judge’s denial relies on his assertion that he “never saw Brett act that way.” However, Slate points out that Judge has written about his struggle with alcoholism, including black-out drunkenness, fictionalizing the name of the school he attended and referring to another individual who he names “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” who partook in enough alcohol to vomit in someone else’s vehicle and pass out.
Coming forward to the Washington Post, Ford says she remembers the attack to be in 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. She says that she was wearing a one-piece swimsuit and Kavanaugh was drunkenly trying to pull it off of her against her will. She says that Judge and Kavanaugh laughed during the attack, and when Judge jumped on them at one point, she was able to wriggle free and escape the room.
Senate Republicans intend to go forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination anyway, despite calls for a postponement in light of the allegations. If the confirmation goes forward as planned, the vote to confirm Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee will take place on Thursday.