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Christine Blasey Ford's Accusation Is the Definition of a Non-Credible Sexual Assault Allegation

An allegation of sexual assault is serious business and if what Christine Blasey Ford says is true, Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior was inexcusable. In her account, he forced her into a room, turned the music up to hide her screams, put his hand over her mouth, tried to remove her clothes as she struggled to get away, and treated her so roughly she thought he might accidentally kill her. This would be a crime that would merit jail time.

A few people have said something like, “Well, even if Kavanaugh did it, he was 17. Why should that derail him now after a lifetime of good work?” While that is not an outrageous point to at least consider, I would also note that now, as an adult up for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh declares that not only did he not do this, but that he wasn’t even at whatever party Ford is describing.

That being the case, if it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Kavanaugh was at that small party with Christine Blasey Ford, then that should (and would) be enough to end his chances of being on the Supreme Court, regardless of what may have happened between the two in private. That means Christine Blasey Ford actually has an easier case to prove than most women in her situation.

Unfortunately, even that easier case seems like an extremely heavy lift because there are a multitude of problems with the claims that Ford has made.

First of all, the incident allegedly occurred 36 years ago. While there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault allegations in Maryland and the police there have said they will investigate if Ford makes a complaint, the amount of time that has passed presents a number of obvious difficulties.

Imagine that the incident had happened a week ago. Then the police could check her for bruises, dust the room for fingerprints to prove they were both there, interview the other people at the party, and get Kavanaugh’s side of things while still fresh in his head.

When you are talking about an incident that allegedly occurred 36 years ago, it’s a whole different ballgame and none of those things are possible. This is doubly so because at this late date, Ford claims she doesn’t know the most basic things about the event. She doesn’t know a date, a time, or a location. She doesn’t know who threw the party, who invited her, who drove her (she was 15), or who took her home. She has claimed there were only four other people at the party she attended. That seems especially problematic because the people she has named as being there are Brett Kavanaugh (he categorically denies this), his friend Mark Judge (who she claims was in the room; he categorically denies this), their mutual friend Patrick Smyth (he categorically denies this), and her friend Leland Ingham Keyser (she categorically denies this and says she has never even met Kavanaugh).