A range of celebrities and lawmakers on Monday voiced their support for a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout, which was organized in support of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.
More than 80 progressive groups planned to stage walkouts at 1 p.m. on Monday in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford, who had been originally requested to appear Monday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to give testimony. The organizers of the walkout encouraged supporters to use the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors on social media and to wear black.
Ford is now set to testify at a Thursday hearing.
"Wore black today in support of all survivors of sexual assault or abuse. We won't let them be silenced or ignored. #BelieveSurvivors" Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' Democrats' reconciliation bill breaks Biden's middle class tax pledge We have a presidential leadership crisis — and it's only going to get worse MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote on Twitter.
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision MORE (D-Calif.) also joined in, tweeting that "we have to stand up for what is right and #BelieveSurvivors."
Other lawmakers who participated or voiced support for the walkouts included Democratic Reps. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDemocrats repeal prohibition on funding abortions abroad Investing in child care paves the way to a better economy Democrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes MORE (Fla.), Yvette Clark (N.Y.) and Ted Lieu (Calif.).
Actress Kerry Washington, who starred in the ABC series "Scandal," tweeted that she was wearing black Monday in solidarity with Ford.
Actress Rachel Bloom, meanwhile, tweeted a photo showing her participating in a walkout.
A number of rallies were also held Monday as part of the movement, including in New York and at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington.
Hundreds of women, femmes, and allies have flooded the Hart Senate Building to say #BelieveWomen #BeAHero #CancelKavanaugh.— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 24, 2018
This is day one of week three. We aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
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Monday's walkouts came after The New Yorker on Sunday reported that Senate Democrats are investigating a second sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh, dating back to his freshman year at Yale University.
Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify Thursday in relation to Ford's accusation. Ford has said that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to remove her clothes, covering her mouth with his hand to silence her cries.