TODAY 12PM: Protest Outside Sen. Heller’s Reno Office Demands He #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, October 4, 2018 — 12:00pm LOCAL TIME
CONTACT: Brett Abrams |
TODAY 12PM: Protest Outside Sen. Heller’s Reno Office Demands He #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh
Local Advocates Say a Sexual Predator Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court
Nevada Sexual Abuse Survivors to Sen. Heller: “If You Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh, You’re Saying What Happened to Us Doesn’t Matter”
RENO, NEVADA — Today, Thursday, October 4th, local advocates, including members of UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, and NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada will rally outside Senator Dean Heller’s office in Reno to share their stories, support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick and all survivors of sexual violence, in demanding that Senator Heller #BelieveSurvivors and call for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court.
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 12:00 PM (Local Time)
WHERE: Sen. Heller’s Reno Office, 400 S Virginia St, Reno, Nevada 89501
LOCAL CONTACT: Mary Weber | 775-813-3902
Yesterday, nine sexual assault survivors from Nevada penned an open letter to Senator Dean Heller, asking him to publicly commit to rejecting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. In the letter, the Nevada 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  The mounting allegations against Kavanaugh are yet more proof his nomination should have already been withdrawn and that he is wholly disqualified from holding any office in government, let alone one on the highest court in the country.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 Heller 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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