One 1925 fictional trial, The Trial of Citizen Fedor Sharov Accused of Spreading Gonorrhea, reveals that there's nothing new about the "he said, she said" aspect present in judging sexual assault allegations – including those lodged against Kavanaugh.
Sharov is a fictional 21-year-old factory worker accused of bringing his fellow worker, 19-year-old Anna Nikolaeva, to a private room in a bar, where he gets her drunk and rapes her.
The mock trial focuses on whether Sharov gave Nikolaeva gonorrhea, with the aim of teaching the Soviet public about the spread and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
But in the script, the prosecutor also seeks a charge of rape against Sharov, arguing that his sexual assault is also a crime.
Like the accusations against Kavanaugh, which allege that he physically assaulted Ford at a party in high school, this mock trial tackles not stranger rape but sexual violence committed by an acquaintance.
Nikolaeva explains that before the rape Sharov had pursued her aggressively. When she rebuffed him, he insisted, saying he wanted "to be more than your comrade" – a statement that demonstrates Sharov's retrograde attitudes about gender.
In Soviet Russia, women were supposed to be equal to men.
Other characters in the mock trial condemn Sharov for harboring "old ideas and views about women," with one witness even saying the rape allegations don't surprise him.
Ultimately, the prosecutor uses Sharov's misogyny to argue for a guilty verdict, declaring that the defendant sees his female co-workers and fellow students not as comrades, but as people "to seduce and ruin."