Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, recounts her own sexual assault, sides with Dr. Ford
Davis notes that, given sexual assault victims’ tendency to forget some of the ancillary details of such traumatic events, ordering an FBI investigation is the very least Senate Republicans can do:
Ford wants the FBI to investigate so that some of the details she doesn’t remember can be established. It’s a brave request. Perhaps the aging men who are poised to interrogate her, unless they hide behind surrogates, should pause for a moment and think about the courage it takes for a woman to say: Here is my memory. It has haunted me for decades. It changed my life. You need to know about it now because of what is at stake for this country.
Requesting an investigation into the incident isn’t a big ask. Unless they just want her to go away. Which is, by the way, one reason that women are scared to speak up.
No doubt Davis isn’t the only woman who’s noticed the lengths to which a cabal of aging white men, who are inexplicably living a Mad Men life during a #MeToo moment, are going to humiliate, marginalize, and outright dismiss Dr. Ford. But we need more of these voices during next week’s hearing — not just those of the accuser and the accused. Isn’t the fate of the Supreme Court and the country itself at least that important?