A beer pong-themed motarboard at a high school graduation.

A beer pong-themed motarboard at a high school graduation.

Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party over 30 years ago in Montgomery County, Md. At the time, Blasey Ford was a student at the all-girls Holton-Arms School and Kavanaugh, a student at the all-boys Georgetown Prep.

While her account has national implications for Kavanaugh’s congressional confirmation hearing, Blasey Ford’s story is prompting local Washingtonians, particularly those who attended private schools, to look at their own pasts. While consent is discussed in school systems today, these discussions can’t guarantee a safe environment for today’s youth, nor do they erase the pasts of those who have committed or survived sexual assault.

How has the culture of consent evolved in our schools over time? And how are local alums and education leaders responding to the Kavanaugh accusations now?

Produced by Ruth Tam


  • Rosalind Wiseman Author of "Queen Bees And Wannabees" and "Masterminds and Wingmen; Alumnus, Maret School; @cultureodignity
  • Bill Barbot Alumnus, Georgetown Preparatory School; Co-founder and President, Threespot; @bbarbot
  • Susanna Jones Head of School, Holton-Arms School; @sajones81
  • Casey Mooney Sexual assault suvivor; Alumnus, Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac; @casey_connects

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