Experts breakdown Kavanaugh hearing; discusses future of the United States
SALISBURY, Md. – A hearing that took nearly nine hours to get through has left both the senate and country divided as to whether or not Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the supreme court. Thursday Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her account of what happened at a high school party between her and Kavanaugh .
Saying definitely, the SCOTUS nominee sexually assaulted her.
“I think across the board both democrats and republicans men, and women, were moved by her powerful testimony, her incredibly vivid description of what occurred,” said Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Salisbury Univeristy, Adam Hoffman.
Hours after Dr. Ford’s testimony, Kavanaugh came out firing, alternating between tears and fury. Denying every single allegation made against him.
“A lot of his supporters felt like they could vote in favor of him since he was able I think in the minds of some people to cast doubt on Dr.Ford’s story,” said Hoffman.
Experts say the senate now has a huge decision to make on whether or not to vote Kavanaugh into the supreme court. One that they believe will send shock waves through the nation regardless of the decision.
“I think the sort of groundswell of protests from women’s groups, from victims’ rights groups will be astronomical it will be enormous ,” said Hoffman.
Recently President Donald Trump announced that he is directing the FBI to launch a supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh, at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Meanwhile local health experts are weighing in on the grueling process both Dr.Ford and Kavanaugh have been subjected to over the past couple of days. They say victims and accusers can go through a lot both mentally and physically during a trial. A local psychologist says for alleged victims such as Dr. Ford, having to relive and talk about the experience can feel overwhelming and can often be very difficult to go through. They also adds that it’s not uncommon to experience trauma such as PTSD when facing the alleged abuser head on.
“It’s re-traumatizing. The impact of not being believed by at least half of the senators is a devastating blow to a woman who has the courage to come forward and tell her story,” said psychologist Dr. Kathy Seifert.
Seifert also added that the process for the accused can also be grueling both emotionally and physically. She says trials like this can often tear families apart and things often won’t be the same again.
“For the accused who are involved in this kind of investigation, it has wide reaching affects. Those are big questions that I believe will haunt both the accused and the accuser probably for the rest of their lives,” said Seifert.
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