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  • A woman who reportedly knew Judge Brett Kavanaugh in high
    school and publicly defended his character in a letter signed by
    64 other women, learned her name was the subject of a vulgar
    inside joke between him and his friends.
  • Renate Schroeder Dolphin’s first name appears 14 times across
    Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook including on his own senior
    profile. The phrase, Renate Alumni” also appears under a
    photo of Kavanaugh and his football teammates.

  • Dolphin has not accused Kavanaugh of any misconduct, but she
    is a new voice among the two women who have leveled allegations
    against him in the past week: Christine Blasey Ford and Debbie
    Ramirez.
  • Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify to the Senate
    Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Renate Schroeder Dolphin, a woman who attended a high school near
Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, is one of more than
60 women who signed a letter publicly defending Kavanaugh’s
character after Christine
Blasey Ford
accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her
during their grade-school years.

A New York Times report
published on Monday
revealed that Dolphin was the subject of
a suggestive joke found in the Georgetown Prep yearbook.

Dolphin has not accused Kavanaugh of any misconduct, but she is a
new voice among the two women who have leveled allegations
against him in the past week: Christine Blasey Ford and Debbie
Ramirez.

Kavanaugh and his friends used Dolphin’s first name, Renate, as
code to describe what two of Kavanaugh’s classmates said was an
inside joke that referenced their claims of sexual encounters
with Dolphin.

Kavanaugh commented on his high school years in a Fox News
interview on Monday night: “People might have had too many beers
on occasion and people generally in high school — I think all of
us have probably done things we look back on in high school and
regret or cringe a bit,” he said.

The word “Renate” can be found 14 times across Georgetown Prep’s
1983 yearbook in these profiles and in a caption under a group
photo of Kavanaugh and his football teammates, who called
themselves “Renate Alumni.”

The letter Dolphin and 64 other women signed and sent to the
Senate Judiciary Committee said Kavanaugh “has behaved honorably
and treated with women with respect.”

Dolphin told the Times she was unaware that she was the subject
of the inside jokes between Kavanaugh and his friends in the
senior yearbook, and said she had only found out “a few days
ago.”

Four of the men who were in the picture with Kavanaugh captioned
“Renate Alumni” played down the meaning, saying it was a
reference to dates or attending school dances with Dolphin.

“I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means,” Dolphin told
the Times, adding: “I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through
the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the
insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their
daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further
comment.”

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify about Ford’s assault
allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

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