Binghamton Expert: Senate Not Handling Sexual Assault/Harassment Accusations Correctly


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It has been 27 years since the Hill-Thomas hearings, and in the wake of the Me-Too Movement, has the Senate learned anything about how to treat accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault?

Binghamton's Donald Nieman says the evidence suggests that it has not.

"The Senate is treating charges against Christine Blasey Ford far more cavalierly than those made against Clarence Thomas, shows little more understanding of why women don't speak up at the time of an incident, and has created a process far less likely to assure fairness and find truth than it did 27 years ago. It appears that Senate leaders have learned nothing."

Nieman is a legal historian who has recently done research on the Hill-Thomas hearings as part of a second edition of his book, Promises to Keep: African Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776-Present (Oxford University Press, 1991). He is available for comment at dnieman@binghamton.edu

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