TODAY 11AM: Protest Outside Sen. Manchin’s Charleston Office Demands He #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 11:00am LOCAL TIME
CONTACT: Brett Abrams |
TODAY 11AM: Protest Outside Sen. Manchin’s Charleston Office Demands He #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh
Local Advocates Say a Sexual Predator Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court
West Virginia Sexual Abuse Survivors to Sen. Manchin: “If You Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh, You’re Saying What Happened to Us Doesn’t Matter”
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Today, Thursday, October 4th, local advocates, including members of UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, will rally outside Senator Joe Manchin’s office in Charleston to share their stories, support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick and all survivors of sexual violence, in demanding that Senator Manchin #BelieveSurvivors and call for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court.
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 11:00 AM (Local Time)
WHERE: Sen. Manchin’s Charleston Office. 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV. 25301
LOCAL CONTACT: Zoe Morris | 304-829-9282


Yesterday, four sexual assault survivors from West Virginia penned an open letter to Senator Joe Manchin, asking him to publicly commit to rejecting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. In the letter, the West Virginia residents explained: “If you vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, you are sending a clear and devastating message to millions of survivors that what happened to us doesn’t matter, and that a man who sexually abuses women and can still win a seat on the highest court in the country.”


“We believe Julie Swetnick, we believe Deborah Ramirez, and we believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator and must withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court,” explained Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director and Co-Founder of UltraViolet Action, a leading national women’s group. “Blasey Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick have demonstrated tremendous courage in coming forward and sharing their stories of Brett Kavanaugh’s abuse.  The mounting allegations against Kavanaugh are yet more proof his nomination should have already been withdrawn and that he is wholly disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone one on the highest court in the country.  Now is the time for Senator Manchin to make it clear that he believes these brave women, supports sexual abuse survivors, and finds Kavanaugh completely unfit to be on the Supreme Court. Anything less is a betrayal of women—one that his constituents will never forget.”


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