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There are 9 comments on SPH Sexual Violence Class Becomes Forum on Kavanaugh Hearings

  1. I hear quite a few people from the left side of the aisle talk about the Kavanaugh hearing as if conservatives don’t care about sexual assault victims, or see rape as a non-issue. This is not true at all. The reason why it may seem like the Republicans “don’t care” is because, while Dr. Ford’s testimony was heart wrenching, there simply is not any corroborating evidence to back up her accusation. An uncorroborated accusation is not enough to stop Kavanaugh from being appointed to the Supreme Court.

    It seems that many people have the opinion that Kavanaugh must prove his innocence. However, this is a perversion of justice, and the burden of proof is on the accuser. The idea that a man’s career and reputation can be destroyed over an accusation, I think, should be more alarming than the fact that some people won’t believe all women.

    1. Paul: Thank you for your logical and rational comments. An accusation does not make a man guilty. If this is not the case, any man can have his reputation and life’s accomplishments destroyed because of an accusation.

    2. This is a fair argument.

      However, we’re now hearing that many people who know or went to school with Kavanaugh are saying his has not been truthful about how he’s portrayed himself. That he consumed high levels of alcohol, partied hard, and showed signs of being very intoxicated like stumbling and becoming belligerent. While Dr. Ford’s testimony may not be enough prove he’s guilty of sexual assault, I now question his fitness in many other ways. First, his truthfulness in question(under oath, mind you). If the accusation isn’t enough, is lying about other things enough to disqualify him (perhaps pending what the FBI finds). What about his temperament during the hearing? His clear partisan viewpoints?

      I have a hard time believing Kavanaugh, to be frank. But even if I try to presume his innocence in the accusation, the entire situation has revealed more than enough to question if he is the right man for such a prestigious and powerful position.

      I think it’s great that SPH is having these open discussions and it makes me proud to be a part of BU. I hope they continue.

  2. I am hopeful that the SPH will consider this an ongoing discussion. It would be a great service us, BU students faculty and staff, if SPH would consider holding an additional panel & group discussion on this subject on the Charles River Campus for those of us unable to get to the Medical Campus. I for one would be keen to attend along with many of my friends and colleagues. The topic seems to deserve more than one discussion. Hope you will consider it SPH! Thank you.

  3. Regardless if the accusations can be proven, his outburst and lack of judicial restraint should be enough to disqualify him. He demonstrated a clear partisan viewpoint and total disrespect for the Senators questioning him. This is not the type of person who should be sitting on The Supreme Court Of The United States.

    1. Outburst.. If judge Kavanagh’s is innocent. The man’s whole life still will never be the same. His reputation is forever tarnished. During this process the Democrats have been doing whatever they can to destroy this man. His wife and kids have been threatened. There is no evidence to support Mrs. Ford’s claims. In this country your innocent until proven Guilty. We can not let ones bias control the outcome. The people who bring up the Bill Clinton rape allegations have a valid point. I bet Mrs. Morrison didn’t have someone go to those hearings to raise their voice. We have to take politics out of this problem. People need to have an open mind and hear both sides, before passing judgment. If they find evidence that he is guilty then he gets what he deserves. But if the man is innocent, I don’t blame him for those outbursts.

      1. DOCTOR Ford has received death threats and had to move her family to keep them safe. Regardless of opinions on what may or may not have happened it is frustrating when people don’t acknowledge that this is not an easy process on either party or their families.

  4. I agree with the first part of the statement but I have different views about the second half: “But at the end of the day we elect those people,” she said. “If we vote and elect different people to sit in those seats, we can change the outcome.”

    In my opinion, “we” include those who have no clue about what’s going on and still vote. That’s why I don’t ever see the wish coming to reality.

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