Anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators share stories of sexual assault on Capitol Hill

Protesters demonstrating against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill are sharing their stories of sexual assault. 

Dozens of demonstrators are setting up camp outside of lawmakers' offices, where they take turns offering their personal experiences with sexual abuse. The protests come in response to the public allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.


Individual protesters are telling their stories while others repeat what they say, one line at a time. 

In one video captured by MSNBC, a woman told a story about her experience with sexual assault as a junior in high school.

"In 1999, I was a junior and I was on the debate team," she said. "I was working in the debate office one day and I asked the coach to come over and look at something I had written." 

"He came over and leaned up behind me and stuck his hand down the back of my shirt," she continued. "I jerked away and he pulled his hand out. And I never told anybody about it."

"Sometimes it takes a woman a long time to be able to talk about something like that," she said. "It doesn’t mean she’s lying when she does."

She then urged Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (R-Tenn.) to "listen for real." 

Though Corker originally said he wanted Ford to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has since joined the ranks of Republicans who say the vote on Kavanaugh should move forward if she does not accept the committee's invitation. 

Another woman outside of Senate Judiciary Committee Chariman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Grassley returns to Capitol after having coronavirus MORE's (R-Iowa) office was filmed speaking about her experiences with assault as a former member of the Navy.

"I am a veteran and my 'Me Too' moment was when I was serving in the United States Navy," she said. "Initially, I was angry that it happened and I told a bunch of people who didn’t care. Most of them were men." 

Sexual assault survivors have mobilized in the wake of the allegations against Kavanaugh. More than 1,600 survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones signed onto a letter urging the Senate to reject Kavanaugh's nomination this week. 

Ford's lawyers have said that she will not attend the public hearing scheduled for her and Kavanaugh on Monday, urging the FBI to first investigate her claims. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

In the letter, her lawyers wrote Ford has faced an onslaught of  death threats that have forced her to move from her home.