Recent allegations surrounding President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh have flooded the news lately.  Numerous sexual assault claims have arisen in light of his nomination. I strongly believe that, for too many women, the meaning of being victimized by sexual assault has been lost or distorted or dismissed along the way.  The scrutiny these women are exposed to by bringing forth their claims is painstaking and unwarranted. Not only do they have to live their lives with these horrifying experiences in the back of their minds, but they are also then put under a microscope and made to relive and recreate these awful memories when they come forward.  

Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will be part of making crucial decisions that affect our nation's laws and our interpretations of the law.  Someone who has treated women this way throughout his life does not deserve to have decision-making power over our nation’s most important laws and values.

Additionally, as his background pertains to our environmental and social justice work,  Kavanaugh is an unfavorable candidate for a Supreme Court Justice. We do not need another extreme conservative on the Supreme Court who will not take environmental and human rights seriously. We know that he will not do so because he is willing to brush off these sexual assault accusations with such malice and opposition.  He has caused multiple women to uproot their lives and expose themselves and their families to harsh criticism, and he has treated them with disdain and contempt. This is unacceptable for someone who could potentially be on the highest court in our country. I prefer someone who clearly values all people’s rights and has good and moral ethics.  

We have a serious need for male leaders who respect women and will not dismiss or make light of sexual assault.  I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for women who have raised assault allegations against powerful men.  The battles they must face should not have to be endured by anyone. A good and just leader, in my opinion, respects the rights of ALL people.  No exceptions. Hopefully, in the future, we can learn from our present mistakes and faults.

-Nick Hood, Community Organizer

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