Putting politics aside, this article makes a lot of sense:
I had a thread here a while ago about how, even in my experiences, people remember details in wildly varying ways. Imagine this scenario (and I’m totally making it up for illustration):
By age 17, Kavanaugh and Judge are relatively experienced drinkers and partiers. In the early 80s, sex was more freely given that it was even in the late 80s, so it is very likely that they typically had consensual sex at these parties.
Ford, then 15, was conforming to social pressure by attending these parties, but she was not the hard partying girl that others were.
So we have this spontaneous gathering where Kavanaugh and Ford meet and talk. They start making out and he goes to remove an article of clothing as a prelude to sex. She is terrified by this as she is not experienced in the party scene. She also is not turned on because Kavanaugh is slobbering drunk and smells like booze. She rebuffs his advances and they both go their separate ways, paths never crossing again.
For Kavanaugh, this incident is not implanted in his memory. He has been at many parties with many girls, and this one thing does not leave any sort of mark on him. Indeed, he doesn’t even remember who Ford is.
However for Ford, this was a terrifying event. She really did not want to party anyways but she did so to be one of the “cool” kids. She did not enjoy such casual intimacy.
Fast forward to 2012 and her marriage is in trouble. Kavanaugh has completely forgotten about the incident. However Ford has remembered the core details of fear, clothes attempted to be removed, drunk guy on her, but like all of us, fills in the surrounding details with things that are more likely than not, wholly inaccurate.
In therapy, this memory, both the true and false details are brought forward as perhaps a reason that her and her husband are having issues with intimacy. Suppose then therapy works and they reconcile. That’s an even more certain indication to her that the problem was this unresolved “sexual assault” that happened when she was a teenager. Her memories become more solidified, even the false ones.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has no memory of this party or her because it was not a significant event in his life.
Now, putting aside all politics, is this a plausible or at least possible scenario?