Community members gather for a rally in support of Christine Blasey Ford in front of City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Palo Alto, Calif. Ford, testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the early 1980s. Photo by Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group

In summary

James W. Rushford: Dianne Feinstein’s handling of the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleging that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school was such that Republicans cannot allow her to retain her seat. I will vote for Kevin de León for U.S. Senate, and I hope other California Republicans will agree. Laura Friedman: If we really want to encourage victims to come forward, we must create processes that reduce their trauma and place them in a position of control. Shouldn’t it be up to victims to decide if and when to tell their story?

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