AG Schimel Sells Out Sexual Assault Victims

MADISON – Last week, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held an additional hearing in the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. The hearing came after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Following the hearing, Attorney General Brad Schimel doubled down on his support for Judge Kavanaugh and was quoted as saying, “…I don’t know if something that happened 36 years ago should prevent someone from ever serving.” In response, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) released the following statement:

“I am deeply disturbed by AG Schimel’s comment, and have to wonder if he thinks there’s anything someone can do to be disqualified from serving on the highest court in the nation if a sexual assault doesn’t count! The barriers that sexual assault victims have to climb to be heard, and be believed, are still so overwhelming most victims will never come forward. That is not because Dr. Ford, a brave survivor, had the courage to come forward, and even told family members about her assault six years prior to Judge Kavanaugh being nominated. This is because mostly men in power, including Attorney General Schimel, still don’t believe women’s experiences of sexual assault, still negate what occurred, and still minimize the consequences for women and their lives. A true victim advocate, which Schimel is not, would understand this and not minimize Dr. Ford’s experience.”