WOAR’s statement on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Over the weekend, The U.S. Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by a 50-48 vote, immediately following the vote, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court.  This vote and subsequent swearing-in is amid sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women. It is also after testimony that demonstrated that Brett Kavanaugh does not possess the temperament to act appropriately as an unbiased Supreme Court Justice.

Dr. Blasey Ford was brave and resilient. Just like the thousands of women before her and after her who take the chance to tell their truth about their sexual assault, sexual violence experience.  Even when, once again, we are reminded that we live in a culture that does not respond appropriately when people come forward; there are those who come forward.  Even when a small majority of individuals continue to elect and support others who have sexual assault allegations against them; there are those who come forward.

These are frightening times, and WOAR applauds anyone who is courageous enough to come forward and tell their sexual abuse story; thank you to those who can come forward. We stand with you. There are countless individuals who are not able to use their voice to tell the tale of their sexual abuse; we stand with you also.

WOAR has been at the forefront of sexual assault survivorship since 1971; we will continue to support survivors of sexual abuse and misconduct today as we always have. We stand with you. We will work hard to do better and ensure that others do better also.

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