Should Christine Ford Come Forth or Remain Silent?

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Should Christine Ford come forth on Monday and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee or should she remain silent?

First of all, although thrust into the public spotlight due to the political mastubation of the U S Senate, Dr. Ford should be allowed to remain silent if she desires.

Second, a majority of white men who are rushing headlong toward overturning a woman’s right to prescribe what medications she can or can not ingest into her body and when she can or cannot medicate her body and for what purposes, should not hold the power over when and under what conditions Ford should testify about the alleged sexual misconduct of an 18 year old Brett Kavanaugh; be they Republican or Democratic white men like in the Anita Hill matter.

Third, I was not the victim of child sexual abuse, but in my youth, I knew of three events (two boys and one girl) of child sexual abuse at the hands of other kids. Like others who knew of the abuse, I remained silent and did not tell the adults about what had happened to my friends.

I am not proud of this fact. I am not sure, at the time, I knew how to process what had happened to my friends by other people who were also my friends.

Nevertheless, I failed to come forward and alert adults in our sphere of what I knew. In my naivety, perhaps I believed the victims would speak up for themselves. As an adult, I now know that the trauma experienced by a victim can be overwhelming. It can drive a victim into seclusion for years to come.

I am not sure if any of my friends ever publicly acknowledged their abuse or confronted their abusers. Two of them are now deceased. Their secret, their torment, their self-guilt, their psychosis, their shame, dead and buried.

Ford’s assertion of sexual misconduct by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, albeit tardily, at the proverbial midnight hour, has come.

In coming, it could, and it can be argued, that it should, slow down the time-table of senate leaders to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court.

Notwithstanding the lateness of the hour, due to the sensitive nature of the allegation, the all-important work of the U S Senate should show the proper deference to Dr. Ford’s claim of victimization. Even if it means putting the Kavanaugh nomination on hold until a proper and thorough investigation of Ford’s claims can be made.

Since Ford has uttered her postulation, if Kavanaugh is a sexual predatory, should the country know before he is confirmed to the Supreme Court?

So what if the October term of the Supreme Court is set to start in 10 days. It will not be the first time that the highest court in the land has operated without the full accompaniment of nine jurists and given the contentiousness of politics in the 21st century, it is unlikely to be the last time we will see this scenario play out.

The Republican leadership is displaying a callous heart, as callous as the heart of a sexual abuser, in essentially demanding that Ford appear before their August body seven days after her victimization was outed by senators playing political games.

Yes, Ford should appear and give testimony, but she should be given the solemnity of space and time that we afford other alleged sexual abuse victims in our court system.

To give Ford a take it or leave it, Monday or never mandate is the action of a group of political degenerates more interested in political rule than in the rule of law.

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com

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