Regarding “Supreme Court is in session” (Editorial page, Wednesday): As an avid reader of the editorial page, I have noticed that there is one theme running through the letters about the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. They say “no corroboration.” This reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of sexual abuse.
Think of all the children abused by Catholic priests (or any other clergy). There is no corroboration. Nor is there corroboration in cases of military women abused by superiors. Or in children abused by family members. Sexual abuse is done in private behind closed doors for a reason. The shame, embarrassment and imperative to keep the secret can reside with the abused. The abuser is often well thought of in his or her community and wishes it to stay that way. Trauma affects memories, and when time and therapy allow the abused to recover enough to address these issues, it is extremely difficult to get corroboration.
As much as it is uncomfortable to discuss this, it is important to remember that how one behaves sexually is separate from how one does his or her job. You can be an excellent, well-thought-of member of the clergy and abuse children. Just as you can have a sterling reputation as a member of the judiciary and have abused someone sexually. Debbie Angel, Friendswood