Guilty until proven innocent

Under the shadow of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s case, I am a survivor of false claims of domestic violence.

According to my Google search, about 16 percent of rape/abuse cases are reported. Wiktionary says, “The FBI Crime Report in 1996 and U.S. Department of Justice in 1997 stated 28 percent of rape accusations in the U.S. were regarded as unfounded or false.” That means over half of such charges are false.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that the letter she wrote, accusing Judge Kavanaugh of attempted rape, was turned over to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein before Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court. That means Eshoo and Feinstein withheld evidence from the FBI while the background investigation of Kavanaugh was ongoing.

An attorney reports that U.S. Code Chapter 73 says the concealment of physical evidence is obstruction of justice, and an FBI agent over the phone told me that is a crime. Therefore, Eshoo and Feinstein could be charged with a crime for failing to hand over Ford’s letter to the FBI.

Continuing my Google search, I found this. “Once a false accusation has been made – particularly an emotionally laden one – normal human emotional response to being falsely accused (such as fear, anger or denial of the accusation) may be misinterpreted as evidence of guilt.” We have seen a recent example of that definition in action.

It also states, “A false allegation can occur as a result of faulty interviewing techniques or when suggestive questioning is involved.”

Have Ford’s counseling records been subpoenaed?

During a counseling session, Ford claimed she told her husband and her counselor about the attempted rape she experienced while in high school. None of the attorneys on the Senate Judiciary Committee, some of them prosecutors, mentioned the Safe Families Act of 1997, which states that laws of all 50 states require a therapist to contact authorities when their client reports a rape/abuse.

Did Ford’s therapist use faulty interviewing techniques, thereby leading Ford to a false accusation? And did she/he not report Ford’s claim of sexual abuse, thereby risking the possibility of losing her/his license to practice? Or did Ford not report the incident, which might explain why her husband did not step up to substantiate her story?

Only her counseling documents know the truth. And so should we all.

– Gerald McBreen, past president, Washington chapter, Fathers United For Equal Rights

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