Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, for one, sounds like he understands why women don’t always come forward with allegations of sexual assault.
The conservative network’s elder statesman revealed on Thursday, shortly before Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate about her alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when both were in high school, that the controversy prompted Wallace’s own daughters to share stories “about things that happened to them in high school.”
Fox News' CHRIS WALLACE says in wake of Kavanaugh allegations "two of my daughters have told me stories that I have never heard before about things that happened in high school & hadn't told their parents... I don't this we can disregard Ford and the seriousness of this." pic.twitter.com/5lKaTDo9Cy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 27, 2018
“Over the course of this week, I think like a lot of American families, my family has been discussing this and disagreeing and arguing about it,” Wallace said. “Two of my daughters have told me stories I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school — and hadn’t told their parents. I don’t know if they told their friends. Certainly they never reported it to the police.”
“They weren’t as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh,” Wallace continued. “But the point is that there are teenage girls who don’t tell stories to a lot of people and then it comes up, and I don’t think we can disregard that. I don’t think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this. I think that would be a big mistake.”
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have suggested that if the attack were as serious as Ford alleges, she would have immediately reported it to the police. But we know from research that two out of three sexual assaults are not reported at the time, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
Wallace’s own experience deftly demonstrates how that could happen, no matter how bewildering Trump and some conservatives find it to be.