Why We Should Listen to “Late” #MeToo Accusers

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In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the long-after-the-fact allegation that he committed sexual assault while in high school, there has been a lot of talk about whether a woman who keeps such an act secret for years or even decades and then goes public is believable. Therapists who work with sexual assault survivors, especially those who were assaulted as teens, have long verified that young women struggle to talk about what happened. Caitlin Flanagan’s recent Atlantic article (see link below) is a personal essay about her own teenage sexual assault that doubles as an argument to believe Kavanaugh’s accuser. The article is forceful and convincing, even for people who think we’re engaging in #MeToo overreach. To read Flanagan’s entire article, click the link below.