Activist Helen Brosnan tweeted a video of women protesting SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Building today.
Along with the video, Brosnan wrote, “The entire hallway is in tears. We are at a moment in history where women have to repeat their trauma to the masses to literally beg Senators to vote with moral clarity.”
The entire hallway is in tears. We are at a moment in history where women have to repeat their trauma to the masses to literally beg Senators to vote with moral clarity. #StopKavanaugh #BelieveSurvivors #BeAHero pic.twitter.com/Ky26a9fPTf
— Helen Brosnan (@HelenBrosnan) September 24, 2018
In the video, a woman is talking about her own sexual assault (at the hands of someone other than Kavanaugh). She says,
“He started tearing off my clothes, I was in my nurse’s uniform. He started choking me. He said, “I will take you good or I will take you bad but I will take you. He raped me as he choked me. And when I heard Professor Ford say that Kavanaugh had his hand over her mouth, I believed her. You do not forget someone choking you. You do not forget someone putting their hand over their mouth. If you’re thinking you’re going to die. I came from Boston on the train last night because I cannot tolerate the way the Senate is responding to these allegations against Kavanaugh. There are enough reasons without this to not vote for him. But for God’s sake, for all the boys, girls, who have been assaulted over the years, for God’s sake, when will you stand up for the Amerian people, for democracy?”
The video has gone viral, and people on Twitter were moved by the protest and by the woman’s words. Many women are also feeling their own rage and pain at the circumstances.
Today at 1 p.m. there was a national walkout as supporters of the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault all walked out of their homes and workplaces. The walkout was organized as a response to the backlash that these and all women must face when coming forward with their stories of rape and sexual abuse. People were encouraged to wear black and use the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors on social media.