'I'm sorry' is not enough, Anita Hill says
Former Vice President Joe Biden called Anita Hill this month to express his regret over "what she endured" testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings that put a spotlight on sexual harassment of women, according to a spokeswoman for Biden.
But Hill said she left the conversation feeling deeply unsatisfied and declined to characterize his words to her as an apology. She said she is not convinced that Biden truly accepts the harm he caused her and other women who suffered sexual harassment and gender violence.
"I cannot be satisfied by simply saying 'I'm sorry for what happened to you.' I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose," she said.
She said she cannot support Biden, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 oversaw Thomas' confirmation.
"He needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw."
New York Times