Chattanooga woman writes letter to Sen. Corker regarding Kavanaugh

As the discussion continues over a sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, Elyse Higley wrote a letter to Senator Corker Wednesday, hoping her trauma could be turned into transformation. Higley says she grew up with Senator Bob Corker’s daughters, Emily and Julia. They attended Baylor School in Chattanooga together. (Image: courtesy Elyse Higley)

Across the country, calls to hear more from Brett Kavenaugh's accuser and an FBI investigation continue.

One born-and-raised Chattanooga woman is now addressing Senator Bob Corker personally about the nominee.

Elyse Higley wrote a letter to Senator Corker Wednesday, hoping her trauma could be turned into transformation.

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“What if I had worn something different? What if I had stayed home that night? What if I hadn't had a beer?” said Elyse Higley.

This is a string of questions that haunt Higley.

“It can wear on you and just make life harder,” said Higley.

Higley says she grew up with Senator Bob Corker’s daughters, Emily and Julia. They attended Baylor School in Chattanooga together.

“Going to school with his daughters and interning for one of his colleagues, I thought I might have a tiny chance to the people who make decisions,” said Higley.

In her letter to the Senator, she says she was raped when she was 16-years-old.

“I fell asleep and I woke up while something really horrible was happening to me,” said Higley.

Flashbacks of that night still creep in to her days. Higley is willing to re-live her trauma if it means transformation.

“I hope the House and Senate keep in mind what women are sharing that didn't for so long,” said Higley.

We reached out to Senator Corker for his response to Higley’s letter.

Below is a full statement from a spokesperson in his office:

“First and foremost, Senator Corker takes seriously all violence against women and believes those who come forward with allegations of sexual assault, including Ms. Higley and Dr. Ford, deserve to be heard.

That is why he was one of the first members of the Senate to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the vote on the Kavanaugh nomination so that Dr. Ford could provide additional information to the committee should she wish to do so.

After the allegation was made public, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley took immediate action to ensure Dr. Ford has the opportunity to be heard. He delayed the committee vote on the nomination, which was originally scheduled for today, and is providing Dr. Ford an opportunity to share her story with the committee, either privately or publicly, next Monday.

Senator Corker agrees with the committee that it is important for Dr. Ford to be heard and is hopeful she will accept the committee’s invitation for Monday.”

But for Higley, she’s hoping her experience will resonate with the lawmaker.

She writes, “As you consider the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, I would urge you think about me and my story. Would you allow someone who assaulted Emily or Julia to hold a lifetime appointment?”

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