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Letters: Abuse allegation hits a national nerve

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee,

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Sept. 6. Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The moral rectitude of a Supreme Court nominee should certainly be subject to question. Consequently, both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh should have opportunities to tell their stories [“Accuser open to hearing,” News, Sept. 21]. Unfortunately, the country will once again be subjected to an Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas-type “he said, she said.”

In her letter, Ford described Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge as “stumbling drunk,” from which one could infer that they were not in control of themselves. Additionally, the conversation she had with her husband in which she used Kavanaugh’s name would be inadmissible as hearsay.

What is disturbing is the way the incident became public. Ford asked that her letter be kept confidential. Then, several days before the committee vote on Kavanaugh, without her knowledge or permission, it was mysteriously leaked. Gee, I wonder who did that? These spectacles are becoming a continuing embarrassment, and it is small wonder why Congress has an approval rating in the low teens.

Arthur M. Shatz, Oakland Gardens

The Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, have sunk the political environment to a new low. They have resorted to character assassination of a Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein had accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s letter in July and did nothing. She interviewed Brett Kavanaugh and said nothing. Only after the committee was ready to vote did she speak up.

Schumer is trying to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the election and help Feinstein’s re-election bid. Both Schumer and Feinstein should be ashamed. This is disgraceful.

Thomas Calabrese, Farmingville

I would like to address the issue of women coming forward to report sexual abuse years after it occurred. These women should have reported sexual misconduct when it occurred. They wait until years later when their “abuser” is a person with a successful public career. Allegations of sexual abuse that occurred years before, sometimes as long as 30 years, can ruin a person’s ’s life and career. I feel that these women come forward only when their “abuser” has had a successful career in the public eye.

No person should be sexually abused, and I think a high percentage of women have been abused at some time (myself included). Most never report it and don’t suffer from post-traumatic stress. If every woman who was sexually assaulted in any way came forward, there wouldn’t be enough courts to address the allegations. If a woman moved on after being abused, why come forward so many years later?

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I believe that at the time, some of these women endured abuse because it got them further in their careers.

Linda Koso, Patchogue