TODAY 12PM: Sit-In at Sen. Collins’ Portland Office Demands She #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Friday, October 5, 2018 — 12:00pm LOCAL TIME
CONTACT: Yasmina Dardari |

TODAY 12PM: Sit-In at Sen. Collins’ Portland Office Demands She #BelieveSurvivors, #CancelKavanaugh

Local Advocates Say a Sexual Predator Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court

Maine Sexual Abuse Survivors to Sen. Collins: “If You Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh, You’re Saying What Happened to Us Doesn’t Matter”

PORTLAND, MAINE — Today, Friday, October 5th, local advocates, including members of UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, and Casco Bay Indivisible will stage a sit-in inside Senator Susan Collins’ office in Portland to share their stories, support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick and all survivors of sexual violence, and demand that Senator Collins #BelieveSurvivors and call for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court.

WHEN: Friday, October 5th, 12:00 PM (Local Time)
WHERE: Sen. Collins’ Portland Office. 1 Canal Plaza, Suite 802, Portland, Maine
LOCAL CONTACT: April Humphrey, Yarmouth Town Council member, 207-200-6810

Two days ago, seven sexual assault survivors from Maine penned an open letter to Senator Susan Collins, asking her to publicly commit to rejecting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. In the letter, the Maine 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.”

“If Sen. Susan Collins votes for Brett Kavanaugh – she is saying point blank that she doesn’t care about sexual assault survivors, she does not believe them, and she has no interest in pretending anymore that she does. Senator Collins – the world is watching, your constituents are watching: do the right thing, believe survivors and oppose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet Action.

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UltraViolet Action is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector, and the media.