Sexual assault activists in KC closely watching Kavanaugh allegations

Bill Grady
September 18, 2018 - 6:44 am

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Members of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault are monitoring developments in Washington with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After thousands of pages of documents were examined and days of hearings, Sen. Diane Feinstein released a letter from a woman who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago when they were in high school.

Victims often won't report sexual assaults right away for fear of not being believed and not having a support system, said Julie Donelon, Julie Donelon, president and CEO of MOCSA

Donelon does not want to weigh in on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed for the high court, but she said she is glad his accuser, Christine Blasey-Ford, will testify in public.

"She should be heard, and that should be taken into account," Donelon said. "What happened to her should not be discounted because it happened when she was 15."

Blasey-Ford is set to appear before the senate judiciary committee on Monday. The Senate Judiciary Committe had hoped to hold a confirmation vote this week.

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