King County sexual assault center hosting online chat during Kavanaugh hearing

King County sexual assault center hosting online chat during Kavanaugh hearing

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused him of a past sexual assault, are expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations. Their mission is not to weigh in on the nomination, but rather watch and call out any language or action that blames the victim, Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone says. Also see | Kavanaugh hearing represents turning point for Supreme Court, #MeToo "We are not a partisan organization. We are not looking for the outcome, but what we are looking at is the process," said Stone. "We believe that the way we talk about sexual assault has a direct impact on people's willingness to come forward, their willingness to speak out." "The hardest part truthfully for me was talking about it and letting it out there into the universe for people to hear it because you don't know how people are going to respond," Hopkins explained. "I was afraid of hurting my mom. I was afraid I wouldn't be believed," said Hopkins. When Hopkins was ready to tell her story, she told it at the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. "It changed my life because it was the first time I had spoke about it out loud.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused him of a past sexual assault, are expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations.

During the hearing, the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center plans to host a live Twitter chat.

Their mission is not to weigh in on the nomination, but rather watch and call out any language or action that blames the victim, Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone says.

Also see | Kavanaugh hearing represents turning point for Supreme Court, #MeToo

“We are not a partisan organization. We are not looking for the outcome, but what we are looking at is the process,” said Stone. “We believe that the way we talk about sexual assault has a direct impact on people’s willingness to come forward, their willingness to speak out.”

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