Sigh… Lib, if you’re a licensed mental health counselor, then you should know that it is not at all unusual for a victim of sexual assault (or any trauma) to be unable to recall every moment of the event, its aftermath, and/or its environment. You should know that even total repression of the event can occur, but the victim is left with symptoms, fleeting thoughts she can’t quite pinpoint, abreactions because of muscle memory, nightmares she can’t understand, etc.
You should know that Ford could very well remember the attack happening, her struggle to breathe and scream, her attacker, some of the environment, but after so many years, it’s perfectly normal for her to have forgotten whose house she was at and the exact date and time. We see situations like this all the time, young and old, sober or inebriated, whatever.
As a counselor, you should also know how frightening, humiliating, risky, actually threatening it is for a woman…or girl…to come out and publicly lay out such accusations, especially against a celebrity or powerful man. Just that level of fear or nervousness alone is enough to block out some memory details.
Your reading should have shown you some of the consequences Ford has already suffered, like death threats, enough fear for her family to force them to move out of their home, ridicule and contempt by many, including the insufferable good OLD boys in the Senate. Your logic should tell you and the others that she MUST have come forward and risked/suffered so much for reasons far more credible than simply wanting to smear Kavanaugh to keep him off the Court or to frustrate thugs like McConnell and Cornyn. You might have seen in some media how she fretted about disclosing, sought advice from friends and therapist, questioned her own self in many ways…and now has to deal with the reality of being condescended to or actually bullied by these old men…with fickle reporters and photographers everywhere. What woman goes thru all of this for less than serious principles?
I’ve read and seen clips by some of her friends and family who ARE supporting her. Those old men are lying in their accusations and innuendos…to discredit her and finish driving their railroad job on through. I’ve also seen those f’n Repugs and some pundits imply, if not say outright, that Kavanaugh’s possible youthful misdeeds should not keep such a now-sterling person off the Court.
If any friends are not publicly taking her side, as a counselor, you should understand how fearful so many people are in this time of unpredictability and fascism to stick their necks out.
IMO, being a teenager at the time doesn’t excuse him because he’s denying it, because he never apologized, and most of all, because the neuronal pathways (programming) laid down in his youth that let him get so drunk so often, let him use such poor judgment, let him so devalue a girl (misogyny), let him show such arrogance, aggression, sense of entitlement, need for peer approval, and ability to rationalize and lie about his behavior don’t just evaporate in adulthood. Early neuronal pathways manifest later in life in myriad ways, witness his hedging and subterfuge in the JC hearings and his outright perjury from previous hearings and his blithe dismissiveness about “what goes on in Gt stays in Gt.”
I don’t know how to post a link on my device, but if you haven’t seen the Rewire article by Jodi Jacobson, look it up.
Repugs I have seen cast aspersions on Ford: Cornyn, Hatch, Graham, and outre vile McConnell and others.
I hope this too-long posting satisfactorily addresses some of your concerns.