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What would confirming Kavanaugh mean for sexual assault survivors?

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the allegations of two women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Christine Blasey Ford says when they were both in high school, Kavanaugh forced her onto a bed, tried to remove her clothes and kept her from screaming for help. Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez says he exposed himself to her at an alcohol-fueled college party. Given the chance, Kavanaugh is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade. What message would his confirmation send to sexual assault survivors?

Guests:

Loretta Ross, an activist who helped create the reproductive justice framework, and co-founder of SisterSong, a reproductive justice collective led by Women of Color

John L. Finley, public policy associate with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years

The Washington Post: California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault

The Seattle Times: Kavanaugh’s accuser waited decades to tell her story. Teenagers of the 1980s aren’t surprised.

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.