Senator Joni Ernst

My heart goes out to Senator Joni Ernst, who this week was backed into a corner and forced to go public with news of her sexual assault on campus when she was a young woman. Documents related to the Senator’s divorce proceedings were inadvertently made public for a brief period of time, and she was asked by reporters about the incident so many years ago.

Date rape, or campus rape, or whatever trendy name we are using now – this is a subject that is very important to me. (Tell, and Learning to Fly.) A victim’s life can be so shattered, so completely derailed during an evening of partying in a consequence-free atmosphere, while the perpetrator – the rapist – suffers no such lingering trauma.

Is that fair?