For some reason, the Republicans sitting on the Senate Justice Committee appear to buy into the “boys-will-be-boys” thought process about sexual abuse and attacks. Their lack of consideration for the alleged victims of Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has been stunning. One of the nominee’s alleged victims has taken on a powerful attorney, one who appears to have no fear.
Just prior to Deborah Ramirez’s story coming out, attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted:
‘I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. (She) is not Deborah Ramirez, (and she will) be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify.’
Then, Avenatti tweeted:
‘I do not bluff. I deliver. #Basta’
The attorney also represents a woman who had a one-night sexual encounter with Donald Trump. Stormy Daniels is an adult entertainer and producer. Trump paid her hush money to stay quiet right before the 2016 presidential election.
Avenatti told POLITICO additional information, including that he was not representing just one client. No, he was representing a number of clients. One of them, he said, was the third accuser.
The attorney said the women he was representing could corroborate the other women’s allegations of Kavanaugh’s and his close friend, Mark Judge’s, sexual abuse during their high school days at an elite private school and then at Yale in the 1980’s
Avenatti agreed to comment on one of the victims. He said she would probably “appear on camera:”
‘She will testify. But before she does, she will likely appear on camera for an interview.’
He also said the other women had witnessed the events involving the Supreme Court nominee. However, that was as far as the women’s attorney said he would go. Avenatti said that he alone was representing the women.
Many women blame themselves for the sexual abuse, and therefore, do not come forward. Ramirez was one of those who indicated that she blamed herself for drinking too much:
‘It was a story that was known, but it was a story I was embarrassed about. Even if I did drink too much, any person observing it, would they want their daughter, their granddaughter, with a penis in their face, while they’re drinking that much? I can say that at fifty-three, but when I was nineteen or twenty I was vulnerable. I didn’t know better. They’re accountable for not stopping this. What Brett did is worse. What does it mean, that this person has a role in defining women’s rights in our future?’
A member of Kavanaugh’s and Ramirez’s Yale class commented that once Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court became public, Yale alumni began talking. One of them emailed Mark Krasberg, recalled the Ramirez event, and wrote, according to The New Yorker:
‘(It) would qualify as a sexual assault, if it’s true.’
One Yale student was shocked when he heard about the so-called Ramirez joke within a day or two of the event, but not surprised. He noted that he was “one-hundred-per-cent sure” that Kavanaugh exposed himself at the party. He also said that Kavanaugh was a member of a heavy-drinking group of students. He remembered that the “relatively shy” Kavanaugh turned “aggressive and even belligerent” when he drank. The student said:
‘I’ve known this all along. It’s been on my mind all these years when his name came up. It was a big deal.’
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