Don’t say that my suggestion for what the candidate Supreme Court Judge should say is too long an answer. He likes long answers. I suggest the following.
I have categorically stated that I didn’t do anything of the sexual violations that I’m accused of. I want to be more precise.
Protection and Honor for Accusers
In the recent year, we learned the great difficulty and the value of women and minors coming forward with sexual abuse allegations. That fact that now I’m accused doesn’t make me detract from this principle.
Alleged victims of sexual violence must be supported to tell their stories. To come forward is painful enough which should not be aggravated by voicing disbelief, counter-accusations or harsh interrogations.
While people accused are innocent until found guilty, accusers still deserve initial blanket respect and support.
That my first accuser has been threatened does not only sadden me – it infuriates me. How dare people threaten her?! These intimidations must be investigated and the perpetrators should face the courts!
Respect for accusers is ever more demanded when the accuser is a widely respectable member of society, as in the case of my two present accusers.
NB: We must even make sure we grant esteem and safety to accusers who are “less respectable,” as some “high-class” sexual abusers especially go after the socially weak so that when accusations surface, they won’t be believed so easily.
Four Types of Men
Not to get lost in he/she’s, I’ll restrict myself to talk about the majority of sexual predators, men, although there are also sexually abusive women, whose abuse may not be less painful, though they are less likely to kill.
1. There are men who are serial sexual predators. They are dangerous around women, girls, boys or men – or combinations – and they should be reported and receive life in jail without any possibility of parole. Having such people walk around freely is too costly to our society.
2. Then there are men who are even more sneaky and despicable since they combine being supposedly saintly with their habit to hurt others sexually. To mind comes this sport’s coach who from his own money erected an orphanage and gave the most talented boys a chance to excel in sports. This all to get the image of a saint while selecting boys he would molest. They too should sit in jail without a possibility of parole.
3. Then there are men who may have sexually violated others one or a few times. They are not addicted to the thrill of violating someone. They should pay penalty to victim and society and after that reintegrate to be valuable members of society.
4. Last but not least, are the men who will never be accused or convicted of sexual misconduct for the simple reason that they never abused anyone. Their numbers are often overlooked in the media and in our minds.
The whole dispute around my youthful conduct has been if I belong to 3. or 4. Let me address this.
I’ve been accused of having acted outside of character, a few times, many decades ago. I’ve not been accused of being a serial sex offender.
The accusations against me fall now outside of the statute of limitations. That doesn’t absolve us from convicting such alleged behavior.
What I’m accused of is, until today, not unheard of among university students but it’s wholly unacceptable. Prevalence does not lend consent.
May the accusations against me, first of all, be a warning to all present-day students that is you don’t want to hurt others and if you don’t want to be haunted later in life by such allegations, make then sure that your sexual conduct is impeccable, also when you’re “only” a youngster.
Being drunk is no accuse. Who allowed you to be drunk but you?!
I have denied the accusations but it’s also stated that I was dead drunk. That would be a good explanation for me not remembering, so my denial doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or I lied. Let me for arguments’ sake say that I did as alleged. Should that disqualify me?
I want to say that, though I was never prosecuted or convicted, if I acted as accused, I did rehabilitate myself all my professional life. As I’ve detailed in the hearings, I have liberally beyond any call of duty, supported women around the courts. I’ve been a practical advocate for women and their careers all my working life, which I will stay.
While the accusations are serious and deserve regret, it’s a bit late for a conviction, but I’ve proven for decades that I’m not a threat but rather a source of support for all women around me.
I do no longer reject the accusations. If I did do any of them, I regret them and I’m humbled by them. But still, I want to say that I’ve proven to be beyond such conduct since then and safe and generous towards women. Therefore I think that I qualify for the job of Chief Justice.