I put the following in a comment on my original Kavanaugh post, but things are heating up and I decided I wanted to write a full essay.
Here’s the comment:
Apparently, a new Cavanaugh accuser has come forward, but her allegations are disturbing for a number of reasons:
In an explosive statement released by (her attorney Michael) Avenatti, Swetnick claimed that in the 1980s she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and his classmate, Mark Judge, to get teenage girls “inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”
“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,” she alleged in the statement. “These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
Swetnick alleged she became one of the victims of “one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes.” She did not say that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her.
Of course, it’s disturbing that Kavanaugh and Judge, as teens, (allegedly) maliciously got teenage girls intoxicated and then arranged gang or train rapes. If true, there may be scores of victims out there, and even after all this time, the cases could go criminal, or at least result in massive civil trials.
The other part is that Swetnick apparently didn’t do anything to protect these victims. I know that victims themselves often don’t disclose for long periods of time after their assault, but supposedly Swetnick knew exactly what was going on and did nothing either during the event or afterwards. It’s one thing to keep your own assault private, and another thing entirely to fail to protect girls who presumably were your friends and classmates.
All that aside, that’s three separate women coming forward, with the potential of more to come, which looks pretty grim for Kavanaugh.
Oh, as for attorney Michael Avenatti, what kind of lawyer protects his client’s privacy by putting her name and photograph on this twitter account?
Oh, Avenatti is Stormy Daniels’ attorney, so take that for what it’s worth.
I pulled the following comment off of Facebook, which was written in response to this news article and it raises some interesting questions about Julie Swetnick (and which corrected my misconception that Swetnick was the same age or younger than Kavanaugh).
Firstly, there’s the odd question of Swetnick’s age.
In her online profile detailed by the New York Times, Swetnick claims to have graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 before enrolling at the University of Maryland.
However, in her own sworn affidavit published by Avenatti, Swetnick claims that she first met Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, sometime between 1980 and 1981. That would’ve put Kavanaugh, who was born in 1965, at only 15 or 16 years old at the time. Swetnick also claims she attended multiple parties where the two were in attendance between 1980 and 1983, meaning Swetnick would have been a college student well into her junior year who was still attending high school parties filled with kids who went to a school a full 25 minutes away from hers.
While this isn’t entirely outside the realm of possibility, it seems odd that a 19- or 20-year-old college student and her friends would still be hanging out at parties with 16-year-olds, as her statement suggests.
Secondly, there’s the question of her apparent lack of judgment.
In the affidavit, Swetnick claims that “during the years 1981-1982,” she became “aware of efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to ‘spike’ the ‘punch’ at house parties I attended with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’” Swetnick then alleges she has “a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room.”
Knowing all this, Swetnick says she simply tried to “purposefully avoid the ‘punch’ at these parties.”
So let’s get this straight, here: Swetnick, who would’ve been a legal adult for most of if not the entire time she says she attended these parties, admits she was well aware that young men were intentionally drugging drinks in order to lure women into bedrooms and gang-rape them. But rather than report these claims to the authorities, or at the very least avoid the parties altogether, Swetnick not only kept quiet about the whole thing, but admits she actually kept attending the parties herself for up to two years afterward.
Thirdly, there’s the question of Swetnick’s own victimization timeline.
Despite saying she intentionally avoided the spiked drinks at the rape parties she kept attending for some inexplicable reason, Swetnick claims she herself was gang-raped at a party that occurred sometime in 1982, where Kavanaugh and Judge were allegedly in attendance.
However, earlier in her affidavit, Swetnick said she attended “well over 10 house parties in the Washington D.C. area during the years 1981-1983 where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”
So according to her own timeline, not only did Swetnick know these parties were being used to drug and rape women, but says she herself was gang-raped at a party sometime in 1982 – yet continued to attend these same house parties until sometime in the following year.
Now none of that means Swetnick’s allegations are not factual and true, but the whole situation does seem pretty odd.
I’m adding content from Heavy.com which repeats much of what the Facebook comment reveals:
Swetnick said she “attended well over 10 house parties in the Washington DC area during 1981 to 1983 were Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present. These parties were common occurrence in the area and occurred nearly every weekend during the school year.”
On numerous occasions at these parties, Kavanaugh and Judge, she said, would “drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking no for an answer. This contact into included the fondling and grabbing the girls without their consent.”
Punch would be spiked with drugs and “grain alcohol.” She said Kavanuagh, Judge and other teen boys would “target particular girls so they could be taken advantage of (and) it was usually a girl that was especially vulnerable because she was alone at the party.”
Swetnick said that in 1982, “I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present. Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people. During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.”
Okay, so far three women have come forward with some pretty damning allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, and if Swetnick is being truthful, there are potentially many more victims out there who could testify against him.
However, I’m a little confused (and some of this repeats content of the Facebook comment). Swetnick, in her sworn affidavit (and if she perjured herself in a sworn statement, it could actually mean jail time for her), said she attended ten of these parties between 1981 and 1983, and was sexually assaulted at one in 1982.
First off, before she became a victim, why, either during these events or afterward, didn’t she do something to help the victims like call the police? If the Facebook comment was right, she was a legal adult during much of this time, and Kavanaugh and Judge were about 15. I understand the dynamics of victimhood, and once she was assaulted she may still have not felt up to pressing charges (though she does say she told others what happened soon afterward), but why would she continue to attend these parties? I would have thought she’d be terrified to even see Kavanaugh and Judge after her assault.
Okay, again, nothing about this means she can’t be telling the truth, and I know she gave a sworn statement because she didn’t want to testify before Congress, but it’s a strange set of circumstances to absorb. Kavanaugh and Judge would have to be teenage criminal masterminds to get away with multiple events involving multiple victims. Plus, once these girls started talking to each other about these two heinous characters, why would any girl ever stay at a party where these guys were in attendance, and why would they ever get drunk and stoned around them? These two teen boys must have had incredibly notorious reputations in High School (and word does get around). It’s a miracle that none of this information has leaked out before now, especially with (potentially) scores of teenage girl victims involved.
All that said, it looks pretty likely at this stage of the game, that Kavanaugh will not be confirmed. These allegations will likely affect his current employment as well, and as I’ve already said, could even result in multiple civil suits and for all I know (not sure how the statute of limitations affects this, but these are serious crimes), a criminal case.
Oh, and unless Kavanaugh’s wife is super loyal or has other reasons for staying married to a man who very likely is a violent sex offender (*cough* Hillary Clinton *cough*), his marriage is over, and if I were his wife, he’d only get supervised visits with his kids.