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Women Walk Out Across The Country In Support Of Kavanaugh's Accusers

HuffPost logo HuffPost 9/24/2018 Andy Campbell
Demonstrators protest Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in New York City on Sept. 24. © Laura Bassett / HuffPost Demonstrators protest Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in New York City on Sept. 24.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, supporters of the women who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault walked out of their homes and workplaces.

The national walkout was promoted partially in response to the backlash these and other women face when going public with stories of sexual assault and rape. The anti-sexual-harassment organization Times Up tweeted on Sunday that “WOMEN MUST BE HEARD” in a “MOMENT OF SOLIDARITY” with Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

It urged people to wear black and leave wherever they are in protest, using the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors on social media.

In New York, people dressed in black began to gather in Washington Square Park as the walkout began at 1 p.m. The crowd chanted “Believe survivors” and held signs that read, “#TimesUp Kavanaugh.”

In Washington, D.C., protesters filled the Hart Senate Office Building’s atrium:

The demonstrations came on the heels of a blockbuster report by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, detailing allegations that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez and thrust his penis in her face at a party when the two attended Yale in the early 1980s.

On Monday morning, students filled the halls at Yale Law School in silent protest of Kavanaugh:

Last week, Blasey came forward publicly with allegations that Kavanaugh forced himself on her in high school.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Blasey told The Washington Post.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels in her ongoing court battle with President Donald Trump, says he also represents a client with “credible information regarding Kavanaugh” and a classmate of his at Georgetown Preparatory School who was reportedly in the room where the alleged assault on Blasey took place.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Several women’s rights groups, including NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March, have called for the withdrawal of his nomination or a delay of his confirmation process.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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