A national nonpartisan group has turned BrettKavanaugh.com into a website dedicated to supporting survivors in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s conformation to the high court, amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
The homepage has a picture of the court and proclaims, “We believe survivors.”
“The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another,” the site reads. “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 goes on to applaud survivors who came forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment in the midst of Kavanaugh’s confirmation fight and offers a list of resources for people in need, including the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, End Rape on Campus, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
The .org and .net sites under Kavanaugh’s name also redirect to the .com site.
Gabe Roth, the executive director of Fix the Court, the group that set up the site, said in a statement that he purchased the domains three years ago, along with others he thought might be “useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles.”
“I believe Dr. Ford. I believe Prof. Hill. I also believe that asking for forgiveness is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness,” Roth said in his statement about the site. “Watching the White House ceremony… and listening to the President again cast doubt on the 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.”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation this past weekend was held less than two weeks after Christine Blasey Ford, the first of three women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, testified under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a “gathering” in high school.
Both in an interview with The Washington Post last month and during her testimony, Ford said Kavanaugh forced her into an empty bedroom where he groped her over her clothes and tried to pull off her clothing, covering up her mouth and turning up the music in the room to muffle her screams. She said she was able to escape and lock herself in a bathroom when Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, who was allegedly in the room during the attack, jumped on the bed, jostling them apart.
The second woman who came forward, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker that, at a party in college, Kavanaugh thrust his penis to her face against her wishes, forcing her to touch it. A third woman, Julie Swetnick, later wrote in a sworn affidavit that she was gang raped at a party where Kavanaugh was present. Though she did not implicate Kavanaugh in the attack, she claimed Kavanaugh was among a group of boys with whom she associated that frequently spiked women’s drinks or drugged them in order to rape them.
Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him.
The FBI conducted a brief investigation into the accusations, but they were severely restricted by Senate Republicans and the White House. The investigation lasted less than a week and Ford’s lawyers told reporters that she was never questioned as part of the inquiry.
Just one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against Kavanaugh, and one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the GOP to confirm Kavanaugh.
Protests against Kavanaugh’s confirmation continued this week, though in more muted form. In addition to the domain names held by Fix the Court, a number of protesters showed up outside the court on Kavanaugh’s first official day on the bench, silently demonstrating and holding signs that read “We will not forget” and “We do not consent.”