Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court over the weekend. Brett’s nomination and confirmation set off a tidal wave of protests around the country. Three women came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Julie Swetnick, and Deborah Ramirez all shared similar stories of assault and harassment they endured from Kavanaugh in high school and college. Despite the evidence against him, the U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a narrow vote of 48 to 50. The confirmation has energized Democrats and sexual assault survivors to speak out against sexual assault. Now a website has appeared online, BrettKavanaugh.com with the headline, “We Believe Survivors.” The website offer resources and help to all victims of sexual assault.
Perhaps there is value for every public figure to purchase their name as website domain. Kavanaugh never had to consider taking these actions until he became a nominee for the Supreme Court. However, his enemies have beaten him to the punch.
BrettKavanaugh.com is a bare-bones web page. The background shows a photo of the Supreme Court in black and white. Laid on top of the picture are the words “We Believe Survivors” in bold white letters.
Below the photo three short paragraph’s share the reason for the page.
“The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another.
But, more importantly, it is putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault – and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support those who have experienced it.
This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories. We applaud your bravery. We believe you. And if you are seeking additional resources, these groups can offer assistance:”
Next, readers are directed to three organizations that help survivors of rape. The page links the organizations National Sexual Violence Resource Center, End Rape on Campus, and Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.
(RAINN’s website appears to be down at the time of this publication)
Finally, at the very bottom page, a gray link says, “Fix the Court.” A website that says their mission is to:
“Fix the Court is a national, non-partisan grassroots organization created to take the Supreme Court to task for its lack of accountability and transparency and to push Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s eight associate justices to enact basic yet critical reforms to make the court more open and honest.
It educates the American people about the many problems plaguing the court and its justices and is building a movement of conservatives, independents and progressives demanding change with a common voice.”
Rape culture permeates our society, and startling statistic confirm the prevalence of these crimes. Approximately, one in 5 women in the United States will be a victim of an attempted or completed rape in the United States.
A survey completed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that less than 1% of all rape perpetrators serve time for their crimes in the United States. Since 1998 over 17 million women have been raped in the United States. 13% of them have attempted suicide following their assault. 90% of all rape victims are women.
While many men continue to deny that rape culture exists in our country, Kavanaugh’s recent confirmation highlights how easily perpetrators get away with their crimes. Even though studies indicate that only 2% of accusations of rape or assault are considered “false accusations,” United States law enforcement and court system treat the majority of victim’s stories are false accusations.
Even though 50 Senators didn’t believe Kavanaugh’s victim’s, millions of people are rallying around the victims. Now there is a website in Justice Kavanaugh’s name reminding all victims of assault that their stories matter.
Kudos to BrettKavanaugh.com for using the name for something good!
We believe you, Survivors!
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