The police department that holds jurisdiction over the area where Christine Blasey Ford made sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not conducted an investigation into the matter because Ford has not called for one, among other reasons.
The Montgomery County Police Department claims that it stands by its “victim-centered” approach to opening investigations, though Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s requested Thursday a complete investigation of Ford’s allegations and a Wednesday letter from 11 Democratic Maryland state lawmakers with a similar request.
According to The Washington Post, this is the police department statement in effect as of Thursday explains its position,
“At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or a criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The department recognizes that victims of sexual assault may not want to involve law enforcement and/or initiate a criminal investigation, and we respect that position. The department, however, stands prepared to assist anyone who reports being the victim of a sexual assault.”
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault executive director Lisae C. Jordan highlighted the fact that if Blasey Ford is under investigations over her claims, that would be legally tricky since attempted rape was not a felony without a statute of limitations in Maryland when she claimed the assault happened, according to the WaPo.
“Maryland laws on sex crimes have evolved significantly since the early 1980s,” Jordan told WaPo. “In 1982, there was little awareness of the impact of sexual violence, assaults that did not involve vaginal intercourse were not even considered sex crimes, and many viewed sexual assaults by acquaintances as inconsequential. It’s astounding that any woman ever reported rape.”
The attempted rape was considered a misconduct with a one-year statute of limitations in the state before 1996, according to WaPo.
“Launching this kind of investigation without input and cooperation from victims are looking at it from the wrong direction,” Jordan told WaPo. “You’re risking re-traumatizing them again. It would be an even worse idea in cases like this, where detectives would know they’d have very serious legal issues to overcome. What would be the benefit?”
Ford accuses Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to remove her clothing when they were both minors.
Kavanaugh and Ford gave their testimonies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh continuously refutes her allegations of sexual assault.