Is Now An Online Resource for Sexual Assault Survivors

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A project by the non-partisan judicial reform organization Fix the Court, it is a resource for sexual assault survivors.

In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, a nonprofit has put forth a new website bearing his name that provides support and resources for survivors of sexual assault.

Via Law & Crime:

> A project of non-partisan judicial reform organization Fix The Court, the website’s splash page features a black-and-white image of the U.S. Supreme Court emblazoned with the phrase: “We Believe Survivors.”


> The newly-minted justice’s namesake website notes:


> 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.

The site also applauds the many men and women who came forward during Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearing to tell their own stories of sexual assault, following Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick’s allegations against the court's newest justice.

> “This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories,” the page continues, “We applaud your bravery. We believe you.” Users are then provided links for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Rape Abuse and Incest Network (which operates the Sexual Assault Hotline), and the nationwide, university-focused organization End Rape on Campus.

Gabe Roth, director of Fix the Court, said in a statement that he had purchased the URL three years ago and believes this is the most appropriate way to make use of them:

> Three years ago, I bought a handful of URLs that I thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles. Included, .org and .net. Today I am redirecting those three to a landing page with resources for victims of sexual assault. I believe Dr. Ford. I believe Prof. [Anita] Hill. I also believe that asking for forgiveness is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness.


> Roth’s statement continued, “Watching last night’s White House event and listening to the President again cast doubt on veracity of Dr. Ford’s claims, while not hearing a word of contrition from the newest justice, was difficult for many Americans who have experienced sexual misconduct firsthand.”


> “Fix the Court stands with you. We believe you, and we support you,” the press release concludes.

Roth told Law & Crime that Kavanaugh’s confirmation “is a reminder that we as a country needs to do more to ensure that their pain is acknowledged, their stories are heard and that there are ample resources for healing and justice.”

Roth also noted:

> [Kavanaugh] can help push the court in a more modern direction, but his affect and overall lack of contrition have been harmful to the institution in which he now sits.

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