Jane Doe Director: Kavanaugh Hearings Triggering For Assault Surviviors

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence said Thursday's Senate testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford is triggering to many survivors of sexual assault.

Debra Robbin told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Laurie Kirby she was watching the hearings. Robbin said she, too was unable to talk about her own sexual assault for decades, and described the feelings assault survivors may be feeling as the country watches Dr. Ford's testimony.

"I was sexually assaulted many many decades ago, and in listening to Dr. Ford describe her own experience, like many others, it brings up really upsetting memories that are from a long time ago, and it reminds me that trauma does live on in our minds and our bodies and our souls," Robbin said. "At the same time, like many other survivors and those who are not survivors, I am also infuriated--and maybe it is the anger that is also carrying me--that we are yet in this place again."

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Robbin said she thought it was "incredulous" that the members of the committee had a prosecutor asking their questions.

"It sets a tone as though she is on trial, and so I think that this is not a fair and equitable process," she said. "In part because she is a prosecutor, in part because they aren't asking their own questions. It sets it up in a very kind of bizarre way where the Democrats are asking their questions, but she is asking questions on behalf of the committee."

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