Today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her attack by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She told them that when she was 15 years of age Brett Kavanaugh attacked her, while Mark Judge sat by and did nothing to help.
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
9 out of 10 victims of rape are female.
1 in 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
63,000 children are the victims of sexual abuse each year, and a majority of child victims are between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age.
(statistics pulled from RAINN)
Twenty-one senators listened to her testimony today. A testimony that she was terrified to give today. Several senators were sympathetic to what she has endured and acknowledged her bravery. On the other hand, we have other senators that merely stated they believe that she believes her testimony.
This is not enough.
If you have thoughts on the confirmation of our next Supreme Court Justice of the United States, I encourage you to take the time to do something. Call and write a letter to your senators. In addition to calling and writing a letter to your senators, I would encourage you to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These senators are currently deciding on the president’s nomination. This committee is tasked with whether or not they recommend the entire senate vote on confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United State. This appointment is for life.
Find your representative here.
Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA
Ranking Member: Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
Senator Christopher A. Coons, D-DE
Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT
There are 100 senators on the United States Senate and it will take 51 voting yes to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. There are currently 54 Republican Senators on the United States Senate that could vote yes. There are 21 members on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 11 of these member are Republican Senators. Their vote could and will make a difference. Your contact will matter! Do not sit by and do nothing. Each person is hyperlinked to their contact page. If it helps I’ve included a sample letter below – all you have to do is copy and paste the text, address it to the appropriate senator, sign your name, and send.
As a citizen of the United States, I want to urge you to block the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Most importantly, we should never support a candidate who has a questionable background when the future of our judicial system is on line. Preventing people with questionable character from gaining positions of power and influence is the single most important issue facing BOTH parties right now. Please do your part by blocking the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
I want you to know that I am an independent voter that firmly believes that the issue of sexual abuse and assault is not about being liberal or conservative. This is about enforcing the rule of law in order to protect our citizens, saying this is wrong, and holding offenders accountable. I want to make sure that you understand that someone can commit sexual assault without actually having sex. I want you to understand that women are angry because there is a history of not listening to women when they bring forth their claim. Women should not be put on trial to prove their traumatic experience. Living through the assault or abuse was bad enough, but recounting their experience repeatedly is unbearable.
Most of all, please remember that our children are watching how we respond to this. What would you say to your daughter, granddaughter, niece, son, grandson, or nephew that said they had been sexually abused or assaulted? Would you tell them it wasn’t true or that it doesn’t matter? Should they have to see their abuser rise to power while they are left reliving their pain? I’m angry and tired of the rhetoric that says this is a partisan issue. This is an issue for all Americans regardless of party lines. We need to listen to these victims, sit with them in their pain, and thank them for their courage when they speak about a horrific moment in their life.
Please do what is right and choose someone fitting of this important position.