In an op-ed for The Washington Post, former first daughter Patti Davis has disclosed that she was sexually assaulted roughly 40 years ago and kept quiet just like Christine Blasey Ford.
Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, describes how when she met with a prominent music executive hoping to establish her career as a songwriter, he raped her in his office. Noting how she remembers he walked across a "dark-green carpet" and that "his breath smelled like coffee and stale bread" but not which month of the year the attack happened, she relates to the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape.
"I never told anyone for decades — not a friend, not a boyfriend, not a therapist, not my husband when I got married years later," Davis wrote in the piece, published online today. "It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of committing."
Davis likens her experience to Ford's when it comes to selective memory.
"Ford has been criticized for the things she doesn’t remember, like the address where she says the assault happened, or the time of year, or whose house it was. But her memory of the attack itself is vivid and detailed," Davis asserted. "His hand over her mouth, another young man piling on, her fear that maybe she’d die there, unable to breathe. That’s what happens: Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever, that will change your life and live under your skin."
She goes on to write that "requesting an investigation into the incident isn’t a big ask. Unless they just want her to go away."
Davis has been vocal against Donald Trump's administration before. In April she wrote another op-ed for the Post, titled "My Father, Ronald Reagan, Would Never Have Stood for This," which denounced Trump's vilification of the media.