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Kavanaugh hearing: Sex-assault hotline gets 147% more calls on same day

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Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was asked to explain words in
from his high school yearbook in a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing on Thursday.

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  • The US National Sex Assault Hotline say they got 147%
    more calls on the day of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.
  • The hotline also got a spike in calls when the Access
    Hollywood tape emerged of President Donald Trump saying he
    could “grab ’em [women] by the p—-,” in
    2016. 
  • Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee, was in front
    of the Senate Judiciary Committe on Thursday testifying against
    claims he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in High
    School. 
  • Deborah
    Ramirez
     and Julie Swetnick also
    accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school and
    college.

The US National
Sexual Assault Hotline says it received a record number of
calls on Thursday – the same day as Brett Kavanaugh testified
before the Senate Judiciary Committe defending himself against
sexual assault allegations.

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
runs the 24/7 hotline and said on their official
twitter page
 on Thursday they had 147% more calls than
on a normal weekday.


RAINN told Time on Thursday
that since Ford came forward with
her allegations, they have also seen a 46%  increase in
calls compared to the same time period last year.

Kavanaugh is accused sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford 36
years ago,
and defended himself in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee
on Thursday.
 Ford also gave testimony and said
she was 100% sure he sexually assaulted her.

Ford shared harrowing details of her experience, recalling the
uproarious laughter” of her
attackers and describing it as having been burned in her
memory. 


At least two other women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual
impropriety –

Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick
.

The Senate Committe will give their verdict on Friday
morning.


Read a full and in-depth report of Thursday’s hearing here.


christine blasey ford
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
at Thursday’s hearing.

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Reynolds-Pool/Getty Image


This is not the first time that public accusations of sexual
assault have motivated victims to come forward.

In October 2016, when the Access Hollywood tape of
President Donald Trump saying he could get women and “grab ’em by
the p—-” was released, calls to the same sexual assault hotline
went up 33%,
Time Magazine reported.

Anyone looking talk about sexual assault can
visit RAINN’s online
hotline
 or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at
800-656-4673.

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