NWLC Reacts to Second Accusation of Sexual Assault Against Kavanaugh
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:
“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. To state the obvious: taking sexual violence seriously requires investigating credible allegations such as these. If that investigation is circumvented here – when a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court is at stake – it devalues the promise of justice for all survivors, especially young women and girls. Nearly one in three women will survive sexual assault or violence in her lifetime. Many of those women will not come forward for fear of shame, not being believed, or being revictimized. As Dr. Blasey Ford stated in the Washington Post, ‘Why suffer through the annihilation if it’s not going to matter?’ America is waiting to see when the Republican leadership on the Committee will recognize that the experiences of survivors matter. If the Committee is not prepared to treat these allegations with the seriousness and fair process they require, it must abandon this nomination entirely.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.