Local Students and Workers React to Kavanaugh Hearing

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Students at the University of Scranton say it's not uncommon for them to see friends posting about their story of sexual assault on social media, especially in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings.

All these stories and allegations of sexual assault can be difficult for victims.

However, at the same time, officials say more are coming forward and saying, “Me Too.”

Junior Grace Huddock wore a “We Can Do It” sweater with a purpose. She said she is one of two women and genders studies majors on campus. She has been glued to the coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings on TV and on her phone, much like other students.

“I ran into a girl when I was getting lunch today who was watching the case on her phone and so was I and we both kind of laughed and said we're both watching it, we both want to hear her testimony,” Huddock said.

“There's definitely been a large social media presence with this. We've seen a lot of #MeToo's,” Student Jason Galarza said.

With all this coverage, students said more people are coming out to say they are also victims of sexual assault.

“I'm seeing a lot of people personally coming out and telling their stories, which I think is very difficult to do,” Student Anna Giannantonio said.

In Luzerne County, Ruth’s Place is the only emergency shelter for single women. Workers said it can be empowering for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories, but it can also be difficult, so it’s important for victims to distract themselves sometimes.

“Take a walk, do a puzzle, do arts and crafts or something, something to just calm you and get your mind off of it,” Crystal Kotlowski of Ruth’s Place said.

The nonprofit is actually having its biggest fundraiser of the year to help sexual assault victims this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Workers hope all this coverage inspires more people to speak out.

“Our walk is a safe place to get together, speak to the staff if you need any help. We're all going to be there that day, so we're all there for you,” Kotlowski said.

22 comments

    • carlbrutanandilewski

      Yeah just like when everyone ignored Gretchen Carlson from FoxNews…..Oh wait… she wasn’t ignored.

      “‘He started asking me how I had liked it when he touched my breasts’: Gretchen Carlson says harassment began before Roger Ailes”

      nice going scumbag.

  • jimbrony

    Gender Studies in 1964: Male. Female. Got it? Gender Studies in 2018: Buy my book, take my class, get a degree in it, force companies to acknowledge it, indoctrinate children, vilify and demonize people still left with enough common sense to know it’s a sham and mental illness.

    • Jeff Woehrle

      The democrats want to normalize every perversion known to man, yet get their panties in a bunch over something that happened in high school.

  • My Foot

    He’s displayed his “belligerent” “angry” side that his classmates describe when he drinks….. He lied also…Devils Triangle is not a beer game it is a sex threesome.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      His “belligerent”, “angry” side is straight from MSNBC – where you get all of your talking points.

      • My Foot

        Those descriptions of “belligerent” and “angry” came DIRECTLY from his classmates and roommates……We all saw it yesterday, and he was sober.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        You must mean the RIGHTEOUS ANGER that he displayed yesterday after having his good family name and the lifetime of good work he’s done slimed by this transparent, laughable smear job by the democrats. Between this farce and the constant harassment of President Trump and Republicans over the last two years by the democrat-owned-and-operated media, you can expect a huge victory for Republican candidates this coming November.

  • donamick

    Students at the University of Scranton said it’s not uncommon for them to see friends posting their story of sexual assault on social media, especially in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings.

    Just in case you want to read this paragraph for the Third time in one story

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    “Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits to be honest.”

    –Benjamin Franklin

    • jimbrony

      I wonder how many #metoo ‘victims’ are just full of regret and shame, and they turn that into an ‘assault’ to assuage their own lack of judgement?

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        This whole ‘#metoo’ ploy is just that. A political ploy. The commies “gave up” a few of their own so they could use it to bring down Conservative/Republican candidates…or so they thought until Judge Kavanaugh took the ‘Kick Me’ sign off of his back, crumbled it up, and threw it right back in their faces.

        PS Cory Booker is out of a job. Lindsey Graham IS SPARTACUS!

      • Rusty Knyffe

        The #metoo thing has gotten way, way out of hand. Women and men have experienced sexual assault and harassment since the dawn of time. What is happening, today, is that anyone (particularly, female) who is disgruntled, on any level, with some man now has a PLATFORM to use to make her point.

        Females once simply wanted “equality” in the workplace and this has been realized in most situations. Now, women demand PRIVILEGE for just being female and living such a beleaguered life under such oppression. It’s out of hand.

        The women who tolerated the abuse needed to learn from those dreadful experiences – how to be assertive, how to deflect unwanted attention, and how to accomplish their goals with grace, dignity, and savvy. OUT OF HAND, and it has nothing to do with party lines. It has to do with this neo-social word salad that everyone’s putting together for their own ends.

  • beekeeper

    Don’t know if he’s guilty, but don’t know if he’s innocent, and the position he’s up for is far too important to accept that very reasonable doubt.

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