The nation now tunes in to hear a private citizen – a woman who has sacrificed her privacy and safety in hopes of doing her civic duty, according to the woman herself. We don’t know this woman, except that we all know her. She is allegedly one of the millions of women who have been sexually assaulted in this country. Some assaults involves rape and some do not, but all assaults involve an assertion of power.
Slate Magazine recently published this article about Judge Kavanaugh’s compassion for women. Like many of us, he has deep care for women he knows. He seems to care less about women he doesn’t know. This is somewhat natural really.
And yet the humanity of each person – those we know and those we do not know – deserve honor. Many of us believe that people are created in the image of God and if for no other reason, we are called to care for women we know and for women we do not know.
We are called to treat all people as Children of God – whether they are up for a life term on the Supreme Court or teenagers at a high school party. The deep truth is that more women and men than we can possibly imagine have been sexually assaulted in this country and in every country.
Image from the beginning of the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018.