Washington D.C., Nov 26, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- A professor at The Catholic University of America has resigned as head of the university’s social work department, after a controversy followed his September tweets about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Will Rainford, dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, a department of the university, will take a sabbatical during the 2019 spring semester, and then return to teaching duties at the university.
Rainford has been dean of the social work program since 2013. He was suspended in October after a series of tweets criticizing women who had accused Kavanaugh, then still a nominee to the Court, of sexual assault. The twitter handle used, @NCSSSDean, referred to Rainford’s role at the university.
“Rainford’s tweets of the past week are unacceptable,” CUA president John Garvey said in Sept. 28 statement.
“We should expect any opinion he expresses about sexual assault to be thoughtful, constructive, and reflective of the values of Catholic University, particularly in communications from the account handle @NCSSSDean.”
In a Nov. 21 statement accepting Rainford’s resignation as dean, Garvey praised “Dr. Rainford’s commitment to the Catholic mission of the school. Early on he made a particularly difficult decision to disassociate from the National Association of Social Workers, which advocates for access to abortion, a position that is contrary to the mission and values of The Catholic University of America.”
Garvey announced that in light of Rainford’s resignation, he “will order an environmental assessment to examine the current operations, direction, and atmosphere of the school and address the challenge of maintaining a distinctly Catholic approach to the field of social work.”
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From another source, I found what the tweets actually said.
“He suggested in a post Wednesday that Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate behavior, was a perpetrator and not a victim.
The Washington Post reports that the tweet said, “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is 52 y/o. Since when do senior girls hang with freshmen boys? If it happened when Kavanaugh was a senior, Swetnick was an adult drinking with&by her admission, having sex with underage boys. In another universe, he would be victim & she the perp!” the tweet read.”
“University President John Garvey called the tweets ”unacceptable” and said they “lack of sensitivity to the victim,” in a news release. ”
Except it seems that Swetnik was lying, and so was *NOT* a victim, and Rainford was simply pointing out how unlikely her story was.
““Riddle me this,” Rainford said. “Why would the accuser of Kavanaugh take a polygraph, paid for by someone else and administered by private investigator in early August, if she wanted to remain anonymous and had no intention of reporting the alleged assault?””
A very good question, and given that it seems to me that the woman was flat-out lying, why should he be penalized for asking questions?