Even amid allegations that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault professor Christine Blasey Ford while both were in high school, the Supreme Court nominee’s supporters have been quick to defend him—and condemn Ford. But more women are beginning to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, and today, September 24th, a Time’s Up walkout was held to protest Kavanaugh and show support for his accusers.
On September 23rd, The New Yorker reported that Yale alumna Deborah Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college. Ramirez told the magazine that both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at the time, meaning that the Supreme Court nominee potentially lied under oath when he said he had not committed sexual assault or harassment as a legal adult.
Organizers with the Time’s Up movement sprang into action. The movement’s official Twitter account called for its followers to wear black today, September 24th, and walk out of their homes, workplaces, or classrooms at 1 p.m. ET. The organization asked those participating to use the tag #BelieveSurvivors to show solidarity with Ford and Ramirez.
Time’s Up had previously expressed its support for Ford in a September 17th statement, demanding that the Senate delay Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court “until a thorough and complete examination has been completed.”
Thousands of people across the country participated in the Time’s Up walkout, sharing pictures on social media. Those voicing their support included authors, politicians, and actors.
Protesters flocked to New York City’s Washington Square Park.
Some gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court.
They crowded the hallways of the Senate.
Students from Yale Law, where Kavanaugh graduated, were out in full force.
CNN reported that an unknown number of protesters were arrested as they filled the hallway outside the office of Senator Susan Collins. The Republican senator from Maine is expected to be one of the swing votes in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
By choosing to come forward, Ford and Ramirez have jeopardized their own safety and reputations for the sake of justice, and we commend them for their strength and bravery. As always, we stand with those who have lived through sexual assault or harassment, and we believe survivors.