Ahead of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote later this afternoon, Kavanaugh's second sexual assault accuser, Deborah Ramirez, released a statement about her experience. She says this vote is similar to what she allegedly endured during her time at Yale [emphasis mine]:
Thirty-five years ago, the other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh. As I watch many of the Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior. This is how victims are isolate and silenced.
But I do have corroborating witnesses speaking for me, although they were not allowed to speak to the FBI, and I feel extremely grateful for them and for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received and continue to receive during this extremely difficult and painful time. There may be people with power who are looking the other way, but there are millions more who are standing together, speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors. This is truly a collective amount of suvivors and allies standing together.
Thank you for hearing me, seeing me and believing me. I am grateful for each and every one of you. We will not be silenced.
We stand in truth and light,
(pronouns she, her, hers)
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation around 4pm EST.