When I first heard that a woman accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school, my first reaction was, “Kids do stupid things, and they can’t be held accountable many years later for what they did as teens.” Mind you, I am dead set against Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court because he will provide the decisive vote to roll back civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, abortion rights, and the “wall of separation” between church and state. I am also aware that the prisons contain many black men who did stupid things when they were 17, but got caught.

I was not indifferent to the situation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. I too was a victim of sexual assault when I was only 12, and I never told anyone. I understand why she remained silent for many years. I also understand why this event was seared in her memory, even though the details were not.

What turned me firmly against Kavanaugh was his reaction. He insisted he knew nothing about the allegations. He was adamant.

That means that one of them is lying, and I don’t think it is Dr. Ford.

We now know that the third person that she said was in the room, Mark Judge, has a history of alcoholism and has written about binge drinking in high school. He refuses to testify. We have read that Kavanaugh laughingly said, “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.” That usually means the wild goings-on in Las Vegas do not get talked about in the world beyond.

I thought Kavanaugh would say, “I did stupid things when I was 17. Sometimes I drank too much. If I did what Dr. Ford said, which I can’t remember, I apologize.”

That would have been the end of it.

Instead, he chose to claim total innocence and cast her as a liar.

The issue now is not when the sexual assault occurred, but who is telling the truth. Right now. Today.

I believe Dr. Ford.

She had nothing to gain and everything to lose by speaking out.

I believe her.