Sexual assault survivors protest Kavanaugh outside Ted Cruz’s office

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sexual assault survivors rallied outside of Sen. Ted Cruz’s Austin office Monday in support of Judge Brett Kavanaugh accusers Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. 

Monday, a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh raised  even more questions about his confirmation.

Ramirez told The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they attended Yale University. She says it happened at a drunken dorm room party in the 1980s.

The new claim comes as Ford prepares to tell senators about her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh at a high school party 36 years ago. Kavanaugh strongly denies both allegations.

President Donald Trump is still standing by the nomination, saying, “This could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything. But I am with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote.” 

Democrats want to delay Thursday’s hearing and want a full investigation.

A women’s rights group called UltraViolet Action wants Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to be withdrawn. Each person outside of Cruz’s office on Monday carried a sign and brought their own story. 

“We want our voices heard. We want fairness to all,” Carol Abbassi said. 

Carolyn Hash thinks that fairness means a formal investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, saying, “If it clears his name, then it clears his name. If it supports her, then it supports her but it needs to be fair.” 

What’s troubling to some, however, are snap judgments about Kavanaugh without that level of scrutiny. 

President Trump said, “For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago, and never mentioned it and all of a sudden it happens, in my opinion, is totally political.” 

In response to comments like that, Lisa Dawson said, “Listen to that woman before you start saying things like that, because that makes all victims feel victimized again.”

For Dawson, the national story prompted her to share her own on Monday. 

“I’ve never said this in public to anyone, I haven’t told my mother, my father, my sister, anyone in my family,” Dawson said. “But I am a victim of a sexual assault.” 

Dawson said she was young and didn’t want to hurt her parents or make them feel guilty in any way. 

“What happened to me caused me trauma,” she said, and had a message for those questioning why survivors don’t speak up sooner. 

“The way [Ford] is treated is the most crystal clear example of why people don’t come out,” Dawson said. 

More than 2,000 UltraViolet members signed a letter urging the Senate to reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. 

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