Women’s rights organizations are urging people to take part in a national walkout on Monday to show support for the two women who have publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, of sexual assault.
“Survivors must be heard,” the anti-sexual harassment organization Time’s Up tweeted on Sunday, urging people to take part in the protest.
It's obvious that the GOP has been fast-tracking Kavanaugh's confirmation to put [another] accused sexual abuser on SCOTUS—and further their anti-woman agenda.— NARAL (@NARAL) September 24, 2018
We #BelieveSurvivors, and we will NOT stay silent. Wear black and walk out TOMORROW at 1pm ET: https://t.co/K6e7haObSZpic.twitter.com/DW006DTPTd
Survivors must be heard. Wear black and join the national walkout on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. https://t.co/XcLucrziMJ#BelieveSurvivors#TIMESUPpic.twitter.com/s3RQY40Mf5— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) September 23, 2018
The #BelieveSurvivors national walkout will take place on Monday at 1 p.m.
Groups co-sponsoring the protest, including NARAL, YWCA, Planned Parenthood Action and Women’s March, have called on people to wear black and to walk out of their homes, offices or classrooms at that time as a sign of solidarity for Ford and Ramirez.
Ford, a 51-year-old psychology professor, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers. She claims a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, attempted to take off her clothes and clamped his hand over her mouth to silence her.
On Sunday, Ramirez, a 53-year-old former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, went public with her own accusation of sexual misconduct. She told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a college party and thrust his penis in her face, which she said she inadvertently touched while attempting to push him away.
“Brett was laughing,” Ramirez recalled. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”
The Trump administration, as well as many leading Republican lawmakers, have cast aspersions at both women and their allegations.
The White House has dismissed Ramirez’s allegations as being part of a “coordinated smear campaign.”
Kavanaugh has categorically denied both accusations.
Several rights groups have called for the suspension of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process or the withdrawal of his nomination.
The Senate Judiciary Committee must suspend their confirmation process. Anyone who objects to a delay is discounting the safety and dignity of women in favor of a political agenda. We demand and deserve better.— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) September 24, 2018
"Today, another brave woman – Deborah Ramirez – came forward with allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. It is now staggeringly evident: The Senate Judiciary Committee must suspend its confirmation process." —@fgossgraves.— NWLC (@nwlc) September 24, 2018
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We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — and we believe Deborah Ramirez.— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) September 24, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh has absolutely no business sitting on the Supreme Court and his nomination must be withdrawn immediately.#BelieveSurvivors#StopKavanaughhttps://t.co/XMbPCbVhqo
It is past time for Kavanaugh to withdraw.— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 24, 2018
The Republicans who have championed him will pay in November. You don’t get to be a rape apologist and stay in office. Not on our watch. #CancelKavanaugh
To find out more about Monday’s national walkout, visit the Facebook event page.
Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.