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DC KAvanaugh protestsProtesters stormed Capitol Hill on Monday in solidarity with women who’ve accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On Monday, people across the US walked out of schools and workplaces in solidarity with the women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

The nationwide protests — represented by the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors — came just a day after new allegations of an assault involving Kavanaugh came to light. 

At least two women have directly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school or college.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a party in high school when they were teenagers. Ford was the first person to come forward with allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. 

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a bombshell story with an additional allegation against Kavanaugh from Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as him. Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh shoved his penis in her face and exposed himself to her at a party in college. 

Kavanaugh has fervently denied both allegations and says he’s prepared to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the committee on Thursday. 

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee’s chairman, said on Sunday the committee will “evaluate” Ramirez’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

Additionally, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, claims he has evidence Kavanaugh participated in multiple gang rapes in high school. 

The #BelieveSurvivors walkout on Monday was initially planned after Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh was known publicly. Ramirez’s accusation seems to have emboldened participants.

The demonstrations on Capitol Hill were especially intense. Here’s how the day’s events unfolded. 

Eliza Relman contributed reporting.

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