Sex assault survivors urge Senate to reject Kavanaugh

Sex assault survivors urge Senate to reject Kavanaugh
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Survivors of sexual and domestic abuse are pushing the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following allegations that he physically and sexually assaulted a woman when the two were in high school.

Ultraviolet Action, a group working to fight sexism in government, businesses and the media, said more than 1,600 survivors and their loves ones have signed onto a letter the group organized urging the Senate to “publicly commit to rejecting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”


Christine Blasey Ford, who went public with her accusations over the weekend after a confidential letter she sent Democratic lawmakers leaked to the press, told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh and a friend corralled her into a bedroom during a party in high school, pinned her down and groped her over her clothes while attempting to remove them.

Ford, who is now a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations, calling them “completely false.”

“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Monday. “He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him.”

But Ultraviolet Action said it believes Ford, adding that Kavanaugh should be disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone the Supreme Court.

“It proves that Kavanaugh neither has the character nor the integrity to be a Supreme Court justice,” the group’s letter says. “It also confirms his harmful disregard for the rights of people, particularly women.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday MORE (R-Iowa) on Monday delayed a scheduled Thursday vote on the nomination and announced the committee would hold a public hearing with both Ford and Kavanaugh next Monday.

But on Tuesday, Grassley told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that his staff has not heard back from Ford regarding her appearance.