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Kavanaugh allegations stir old trauma for sexual violence survivors, prompting stories of #WhyIDidntReport

September 21, 2018

Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

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The night after Anita Hill testified during a 1991 nationally-televised hearing that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas “did not respect my having said ‘no,’” Sue sat down at the dinner table and told her husband about how her ex-supervisor sexually assaulted her 12 years earlier.

She was 27 when the attacks began — the man would call her into his office, ask her to close the door, and repeat his unwanted advances. Sue, who requested The Inquirer withhold her last name because she still works in the same field, left that job after another higher-up told her that her abuser was “just a really friendly guy.”

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