Kavanaugh hearing: Sex-assault hotline gets 147% more calls on same day

Kavanaugh hearing: Sex-assault hotline gets 147% more calls on same day

But even as many saw her nervous yet assured testimony as a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, the skepticism, indifference and even scorn she faced, both from Republican senators and online critics, was disturbing to victims and their advocates.

Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee, has denied the allegations.

During the rally, the crowd chanted "We hear you, we believe you", as Wyckoff called out the names of Kavanaugh's accusers: Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Pickering added that, while many people are talking about sexual assault on a theoretical or political level, it can still be triggering for survivors of sexual violence.

"We are survivor-centered. We are going to let the survivor drive that boat and determine what healing looks like for them", King said.

Activists walk through the halls of Dirksen Senate Office Building during protests against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Many, especially Republicans, accepted Kavanaugh's angry testimony that he was a decent, hardworking man wrongly accused in a politically motivated smear.

"In spite of the harassment and threats she and her family have received, she demonstrated incredible bravery...in choosing to share her experience with the millions of people watching across this country and around the world", the organization said.

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"Women and men are feeling more comfortable coming forward with the stories of their sexual assault", she said. She is thinking 'Is this how I will be treated if I come forward?' And the 17-year-old boy who finds himself emboldened to take without consent?

"I think the hearings and the confirmation process has been very impactful for sexual assault survivors, especially those who haven't had the opportunity to process or heal or tell their stories for whatever reason, especially with the live coverage yesterday", Moran said.

Now, less than 24 hours after their testimonies, President Trump ordered the FBI to investigate the sexual misconduct accusations. Ford has experienced social ostracism, academic struggles, time in therapy, marital problems and, most recently, death threats and being forced to move out of her house throughout this ordeal.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reports a 147% increase in the number of calls made during the testimony. We have to take her powerful testimony and courageous choice to speak before the nation as a lesson: Coming forward is often a thankless, unsafe experience for survivors, who typically sacrifice their mental health and comfort to support others.

While it may be a little late to send a letter via snail mail, there's still plenty of time to call, text, tweet, or email your local representative to vote "no" on Kavanaugh.

Several others called in to the station to tell their stories as well.

Wallace said the events "weren't as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh".

"We work with volunteers across the country to make a difference in the lives of survivors", it says.

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