USA Today columnist, CNN news analyst and Faith Angle Podcast co-host Kirsten Powers has written a powerful new column, in which she addresses sexual assault.

As with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault as a teen, Powers did not report the crime at the time. She says, “When I was in high school, the phrase ‘sexual assault’ was reserved for incidents of women being grabbed in dark alleys by strangers. It was always violent. If it wasn’t, then it wasn’t sexual assault.”

She says as a Christian, she believes in forgiveness, but there is a difference between redemption and actions not having consequences later in life.

She explained, “We cannot send teenage boys the message that they can sexually assault someone and, as long as they eventually become good citizens, we will elevate them to one of the most important positions in our society. We cannot send the message to teenage girls that attacks on their bodies don’t matter because the perpetrator is young like them.”  

It’s a powerful and challenging piece, that in light of the recent case involving Kavanaugh, everyone should read.