Domestic violence experts are gauging how the Brett Kavanaugh – Christine Blasey-Ford hearing will impact the willingness of victims to come forward. Elizabeth Power is the director of the Women’s Center for Advancement in Omaha and says there is a possibility that more victims will step forward after this hearing and as the “Me Too” movement increases.
Power says this had to be a stressful time for Blasey-Ford as re-living the event can be very traumatizing for an individual. She says it is also common for victims to keep this a secret due to the shame they carry regarding the assault. Power says, “We have clients where it has been three or four decades and they finally seeking out help. As much as we are talking about it and the media, people are having these conversations they never had before. They finally feel comfortable sharing this very private assault that happened.” She adds it may not mean they will seek help through the Women’s Center for Advancement but could tell a close friend or family member about their assault.
Power says the Center was very busy on Thursday and they will be looking at data to see if this national story is impacting them on a local level.
Power says sexual assault is one of the most under reported of all crimes.