A day after a classmate of professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward saying her story of Brett Kavanaugh’s attempted sexual assault was widely discussed at the Holton-Arms School, a Georgetown Prep student came forward to further highlight the reputation for sexual assault at Kavanaugh’s alma mater.
Eric Ruyak, now a jewelry designer in California, attended Georgetown Prep between 2000 and 2004. Ruyak said in a Facebook post that during his time at Georgetown Prep, stories like Ford’s were common.
“[T]he story that this woman is telling is one that I know was repeated dozens of times in my 4 years at Prep,” he wrote. He added a clarification: “[S]tories such as hers were rampant at that high school – I was not referring to her story specifically.”
But Ruyak does have a direct connection to the Kavanaugh story, through the one other person Ford said was in the room during her assault — writer and filmmaker Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s alleged accomplice. Judge has remained steadfast in his defense of Kavanaugh (though he still hasn’t committed to testifying under oath to defend his longtime friend from sexual assault accusations).
During Ruyak’s time at Kavanaugh’s and Judge’s former high school, one of the priests at Georgetown Prep, Father Garrett Orr, sexually assaulted Ruyak. He went public with his story and alumni were apparently notified by email of the unfolding accusation. Enter Mark Judge.
“[Judge] reached out to alums saying that Gary Orr was a great priest and that I had obviously been corrupted by liberalism into a homosexual and therefore was most definitely lying,” Ruyak recounted.
When Orr was again accused of sexual assault — and this time arrested — in 2011, Judge again blamed the gays. This time, it wasn’t because gay people couldn’t be trusted, but because gays had infiltrated the Catholic Church. He referred to gay people in his article for the right-wing Daily Caller as “the lavender mafia.” Sexual assault, he argued, was the result of liberalism and homosexuality.
“It is no longer a secret that starting in the 1960s many Catholic seminaries began to blackball orthodox and masculine applicants in favor of what has been called the “lavender mafia” — homosexuals,” wrote Judge. “I have seen enough of this and talked to enough witnesses to know it to be true.”
Judge did not cite any of these sources.
“[Y]ears later when Orr admitted to raping a whole cadre of children, [Judge] said that Orr was raping kids because of the unchecked liberalism at Prep,” wrote Ruyak, “and that regardless of whether or not I was telling the truth, I was a homosexual and had it coming.”
Judge has made other troubling comments on the notion of sexuality, gender, violence and sexual assault. Grit Post previously reported on Judge’s yearbook quote, which was from Noel Coward’s Private Lives: “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.”
“There’s also that ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her,” Judge also wrote, “And if that man is any kind of man, he’ll allow himself to feel the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion.”
And, in hindsight probably most darkly, from an article Judge wrote lamenting the fading of juvenile delinquency:
“When my high-school buddies and I got together and exchanged memories of that time, we found ourselves genuinely shocked at the stuff we got away with … as I was with my old friends and remembering those times when we were at the beach or a concert or on a long road trip and it was just us and the analog world, I realized that while it is a very good thing that the young are committing fewer crimes, it’s also important for adolescents to have moments of complete, anonymous freedom. It’s in that space, away from the glow of the iPhone, where kids can cultivate the darker part of their soul – that shadow part of us that is the seat of some danger, yes, but also of creativity. I can’t help but wonder if, in our brightly lit and surveillance-saturated modern world, we’ve driven out an important element of what makes us human.”
With Ruyak’s account, not only is the culture of Brett Kavanaugh’s alma mater called into serious question yet again, but yet again we see his champion defender, alleged accomplice and lone witness for the man he truly is.
With news outlets’ deep scrutiny of Ford — picking at inconsistent recollections, criticizing her long silence, and even accusing her of a grand conspiracy — it is worth asking just how credible Kavanaugh’s defense is.
Ruyak has not yet responded to Grit Post’s request for an interview.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.