September 16: “Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward” (nytimes), alleging a clothed multi-person drunken wrestling event 36 years ago.
In less than two weeks, Judge Kavanaugh has gone from generic-prep-school-douche-turned-moral-scold to criminal mastermind.
(see “How did Christine Blasey Ford make it back and forth to Hawaii?” for why the moral scold part made me unenthusiastic about this guy even before September 16)
The new allegations:
- “spiked the drinks of girls at house parties with grain alcohol” (because it is easier to find grain alcohol than vodka?)
- “Kavanaugh lined up with other boys, including his close friend Mark Judge, waiting to rape those girls at many parties” (did the girls who were raped keep coming back to these purported parties? or if there were “many” parties at which gang rapes were featured activities, were new girls found for each one?)
Some longer excerpts:
Swetnick said she “witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”
“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,” Swetnick said. “These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
She also said in her affidavit sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee that in approximately 1982 “I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”
“Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people,” Swetnick said.
“During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.”
She says that she shared the story of her own rape with “at least two other people” shortly afterward.
So there were gang rapes at “many” parties over a period of months and the teenagers involved kept it all secret for 36 years.
I wonder if we can draw some parallels between this and the day care abuse trials of the 1980s. The allegations began with some inappropriate touching and escalated quickly to ritual sacrifice of animals and humans. Some quotes from a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 within “Window into American criminal justice system from the daycare sexual abuse trials of the 1980s“:
Things briefly calmed down for Judy Johnson. She and her husband made their separation permanent, and she also found a job in retail. In the summer of 1983, however, Johnson became concerned about the condition of her son’s anus. …
Matthew had revealed more details of his abuse and that McMartin teachers other than Ray had been involved. Babette Spitler, Johnson said, made Matthew vomit by stepping on his stomach, and there was a stranger, an old woman, who came to the school and held Matthew’s feet down while he was sodomized. Matthew had also been forced to perform oral sex on Peggy McMartin Buckey, the school’s administrator. According to Detective Hoag’s report on the call, Matthew also told his mother about “being taken to some type of a ranch far away where there were horses and he rode naked.” Ray took pills. Ray gave himself a shot. Ray killed a dog and put a cat “in hot water.”
Matthew feels that he left L.A. International in an airplane and flew to Palm Springs. . . . Matthew went to the armory. . . . The goatman was there . . . it was a ritual type atmosphere. . . . At the church, Peggy drilled a child under the arms, armpits. Atmosphere was that of magic arts. Ray flew in the air. . . . Peggy, Babs and Betty were all dressed up as witches. The person who buried Matthew is Miss Betty. There were no holes in the coffin. Babs went with him on a train with an older girl where he was hurt by men in suits. Ray waved goodbye. . . . Peggy gave Matthew an enema. . . . Staples were put in Matthew’s ears, his nipples, and his tongue. Babs put scissors in his eyes. . . . She chopped up animals. . . . Matthew was hurt by a lion.
This dispute is kind of ironic because, like the Silicon Valley VCs who were taken down by women, Kavanaugh imagined himself to be a champion of those with a female gender ID: “I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women.” (law.com) In theory, the U.S. runs gender-neutral laws due to the Equal Protection Clause (it is just by happenstance that Census data show that 97 percent of the custody and child support winners in Massachusetts and 98 percent in New Hampshire are of one gender!). The guy was supposed to be enforcing these gender-neutral laws. If he couldn’t say he was “proud that a majority of my law clerks have been men,” why is it okay for the gender-neutral judge to say “proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women”?
[Finally, do the last-minute accusers have any exposure to libel lawsuits? Kavanaugh is a public figure, but accusing someone of organizing gang rapes, if there is no evidence other than a headline-seeker’s heartfelt testimony to support the accusation, seems like it might step over the line even in the U.S.]
- “Amy Coney Barrett nomination would stop working parents from demanding more help?” (let’s hope she’s still available so that the criminal mastermind can be parked back on the Federal appeals court where gang rape organizers apparently belong!)