By: Natasha Mathurin, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

It’s a pretty safe assumption to make, to say that you have been living under a rock, if you haven’t heard about the sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against, Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey, a research psychologist, alleges that that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago when they were high school students.

One can’t help but compare Dr. Blasey to Anita Hill. In, 1991, Hill accused then Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment. Not only was Hill accused of perjury, after testifying under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she was accused of being mentally ill by a White House Advisor stating that she suffered from “erotomania,” a psychiatric disorder involving romantic delusions. Perhaps the most horrifying aspect of Hill ordeal, was testifying before an all-male male panel of senators. Senators that made it clear that they “just didn’t get it.”

The treatment of Dr. Blasey now in 2018, doesn’t differ from the treatment of Anita Hill in 1991. Dr. Blasey’s credibility has been attacked by government officials, social media, and even the president himself, Donald Trump.

It seems as if we have learned nothing from what happened to Anita Hill 27 years ago. Instead of dealing with the seriousness of the accusations, criticizers continue to focus attacking the accuser, asking questions such as “why did she wait so long to come forward” or “has she been promise anything.” This is an opportunity for our government demonstrate how serious it takes sexual assault allegations and how important it is for everyone to be accountable for their actions. How the government handles these cases, set the example of how employers, companies, and society should handle sexual assault accusations. If they handle this incorrectly, it gives everyone else permission to do so.