I was raped at age 16 at a party by a drunk high school acquaintance
“One outside Trump adviser was quick to suggest an effort to have Ford testify publicly amid the ongoing #MeToo wave would backfire on Democrats. “They’re playing a high-stakes game right now,” this adviser said. “You know there are a lot of people in this country who are parents of high school boys. This is not Anita Hill.””
I am calling on every mother in America- as well as every American with a conscience- to call their Senators right now and demand that the sham confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court halt. 202–224–3121
Any mother who thinks that passively accepting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh is a way to protect her son from false allegations of sexual assault should think about her daughter, herself, and every woman she loves.
I was raped at 16 by a drunk acquaintance, a senior at my high school who I considered a friend.
That assault affected me my entire life.
It robbed me of my voice other times I was being harmed. It made me accept poor treatment by men I thought I loved.
I was always passionate about other people’s causes but strangely passive about myself.
Finally in 2014 I found the courage to stand up for me, too.
Noone who harmed a woman in that way should serve on the highest court in our land!
We should all be raising our sons to cherish women and never assault them. And teaching our daughters how to defend themselves. And changing our society so this epidemic of sexual assault stops.
Public officials should be role models, not criminals.
Please don’t just read this post, actually call, right now, 202–224–3121, and tell everyone you know to do the same.
#WebelieveChristine #StopKavanaugh #metoo #timesup
Karen Fleshman, Esq. is an attorney, activist, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, and politics.
Working in nonprofits and local government, Karen came to understand that racism is the underlying problem in our society. In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a training company, to inspire the first antiracist generation.
She gives talks and facilitates workshops at companies throughout the United States on unconscious bias, micro aggressions, sexual harassment, and raising antiracist children. Her clients include the Sierra Club, the Wikimedia Foundation, Yahoo, Sony, Xero, Salesforce, and KARGO. She blogs for Huffington Post, Moguldom, and Blavity.
Karen dedicates much of her time to police accountability activism and serves on the workgroup overseeing implementation of the United States Department of Justice recommendations on ending bias at the San Francisco Police Department.
She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the University of Texas at Austin, and New York Law School, and is admitted to practice law in New York.