Top 10 local stories of 2018: No. 5 Boulder woman accuses Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct

Top 10 local news stories of 2018

Through Dec. 31, the Daily Camera will count down the top stories of the year, as selected by the newspaper‘s editors.



Deborah Ramirez




5. Boulder woman accuses Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct

A Boulder woman this year found herself in the midst of one of the biggest stories in Washington, D.C.

Deborah Ramirez was one of several women to accuse President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, with Ramirez telling the New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dormitory party at Yale University in the 1983-1984 academic year.

Ramirez, 53, said Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away

She was represented by former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett and later John Clune, a Title IX attorney based in Boulder.

A Boulder County Housing and Human Services employee and a board member at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, Ramirez saw support from organizations across Boulder County, with a national organization even commissioning a plane to fly a banner .

But Ramirez, her attorneys and Safehouse in particular . Trump also attacked Ramirez, saying she “has nothing” and discredited her account because she said she was drunk at the time of the alleged incident. Kavanaugh also denied Ramirez‘s story.

Ramirez was interviewed by the FBI, but her accusations and the accusations of other women were not enough to prevent the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 in one of the closest margins in history, locking in a solid conservative majority for Republicans in the highest court in the country.

“Thirty-five years ago, the other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh,” Ramirez wrote in a statement the morning of the confirmation. “As I watch many of the senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate, I feel like I‘m right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior. This is how victims are isolated and silenced.”