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Jeff Flake is confronted by survivors of sexual violence

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  • Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Friday morning that he will vote
    to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — and faced
    immediate backlash from protesters and survivors of sexual
    violence.
  • “You have power when so many women are powerless,” one said.

Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Friday morning that he will vote to
confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — and faced
immediate backlash from protesters, some of them survivors of
sexual violence.

Minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee met on Friday
morning to conduct a committee vote on the nominee, Flake and an
aide were cornered in a Senate elevator by female protesters.

“I told the story of my sexual assault. I told it because I
recognized the story that she is telling the truth. What you are
doing is allowing someone who actually violating a woman to sit
on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable,” one protester said.
“I have two children. I cannot imagine that for the next 40 years
they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been
accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?”

Flake nodded and said he needed to get to the vote. 

“You’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they
should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to
them you are going to ignore them,” another protester said, close
to tears. “That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him.
Don’t look away from me.”

Another protester said, “You have power when so many women are
powerless.”

 

 

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