We stand with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual assault. We respect Dr. Ford while she continues to persevere through insults and attacks on her character, from the general public, Senators, and our President, as she speaks her truth. As our country changes how we talk about sexual assault, it is important to cultivate an environment that welcomes reporting and does not discourage it. Scrutiny from our highest offices sets an example on the national stage, but we must not let that shape the way we treat survivors and other human beings. Soon empathy will defy party lines and find its way back into politics again.
We condemn the behavior of all lawmakers who approached confirming Judge Kavanaugh with a purely partisan lens, as that is not the role of the Senate in this process. The American people trust Senators to consider every single aspect of a nominee’s qualifications and demonstrated behavior, especially when that nominee will serve a life sentence in our highest court.
We have to push for more respectful dialogue from both sides. We have to demand respectful treatment of sexual assault survivors in the future. Remember the behavior of our lawmakers during the Senate confirmation hearings when we go to the polls in November.