Kate Maltby is a columnist and critic, based in London. She is also a doctoral candidate in Renaissance literature at University College London. (October 2018)

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What to Expect When a Woman Accuses a Man in Power

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford being sworn in before testifying during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018

Last week, the world gazed on as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified against a man backed by the strongest political forces in America. I couldn’t watch. Last year, I was the woman giving evidence against one of the most powerful men in my nation’s political life. They told me I was malicious, that I was seeking feminist celebrity, that I was deceived by my own false memory. I knew I was not. In the end, a government inquiry agreed with me. Here are six things that happen when you accuse a senior political figure of misconduct.