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Dear Chairman Grassley:I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation, and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims.Today, Deborah Ramirez came forward with serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh. The New Yorker article recounting her experience states that there are witnesses who can corroborate her claims and who challenge Mr. Judge’s account. An investigation needs to be conducted as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation by career professionals at the FBI – not partisan staff of the Committee. We need a fair, independent process that will gather all the facts, interview all the relevant witnesses, and ensure the Committee receives a full and impartial report. Should the White House continue to refuse to direct the FBI to do its job, the Committee must subpoena all relevant witnesses.
It is time to set politics aside. We must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward.
A global women’s movement on Google Plus and Twitter with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport was a female reaction to a Donald Trump Tweet we won’t repeat. Feminine-Perspective: Why RINJ is alarmed that President Donald Trump is aggressively attacking Kavanaugh-survivor Christine Blasey Ford. Photo Credit: Official White House Photograph
Is Trump Transferring His Impunity for Crimes against Female Children to SC Candidate Brett Kavanaugh?
Proposed by Dr. Roxanne Agnew-Davies, a clinical psychologist and an expert on the effects of sexual violence: victim-blaming correlates with fear. “It is not surprising when so many rape survivors blame themselves. Female jurors can look at the woman in the witness stand and decide she has done something ‘wrong’ such as flirting or having a drink with the defendant. Believing that she can therefore reassure herself that rape won’t happen to her as long as she does nothing similar.”
Expert in helping child rape survivors in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Middle East, Santiago says, “RINJ knows the greatest number of rape survivors are children.”
In absolute terms, children ‘don’t tell’.
“Children don’t report rape crime out of fear“, she added.
“Oftentimes when we learn a child has been raped it is because she has been observed to be pregnant.
“That opens up another controversial issue. No right-thinking doctor is going let a tiny nine-year old try to carry a baby to term. That decision will kill the two of them.
“Hence the complications of children not reporting are so numerous it would fill a book. Look at the problem with males. We may never learn about male child rape until maybe later in their lives or from their suicide notes. Clearly this is a horrific crime and I am very concerned the US President makes light of this in supercilious tweets attacking Dr. Ford who has made an allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. I can’t imagine what emotions Dr. Ford must be enduring and at the same I feel so sad for Mrs. Kavanaugh and her daughters.”
Santiago notes that, “The sexual violence crimes men commit against women have far reaching consequences for so many people.”
Feminine Perspective: That is why, Mr. Trump, your attack on Dr. Ford is upsetting to everyone.
Santiago says she has a message for the US President, from many child rape survivors in South East Asia: