The following represents the personal and respected view of the writer and not the view of Woodruff Family Law Group.
I am definitely not a political aficionado, nor do I follow politics terribly closely. However, out of curiosity, I have found myself listening to and reading about the Kavanaugh case. When I talk to someone about this issue, I feel like I have to really think about what I’m saying and how I’m saying it so that I don’t offend anyone. With the #metoo movement in full force, anything that anyone says can easily cause offense or be twisted to mean something else whether spoken by a male or female.
By no means, am I condoning the actions of anyone that has assaulted, raped, molested or de-humanized another person. As a female, I have had my share of unwanted advances, touches, verbal abuse, and completely uncomfortable situations. In my teenage years, SOME of the boys were way more aggressive than others. Although a smaller, thinner me, I was very clear about what was crossing the line and I would not hesitate to express my disgust and make it known that I would not put up with anything that I did not consent to. One Saturday, while my best friend’s boyfriend was waiting for her at my house, I felt uncomfortable to the point of locking myself in the bathroom to get away from him. Of course, I told my boyfriend about it, and it became a “he said, she said” situation. From that moment on, I avoided him at all costs. At this point in my life, if this unnamed person was to run for a public office or some high-ranking position, would I tell anyone what happened back in high school? My situation was not an assault, just an uncomfortable circumstance but could have turned into something much worse. If he had gone on to be a consummate professional and adult, I’m sure I would not say anything. Sometimes choices made as a teenager are just bad decisions or choices. That does not mean that you will be a failure as an adult.