GDS Students Participate in National Walkout to Show Solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

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On Monday, September 24, dozens of GDS students participated in a national walkout to show support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before she testifies against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford publicly came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. Just yesterday, Deborah Ramirez came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct from their college years, which was reported in the New Yorker.

The walkout was led by the 2018 Summit on Sexual Assault and Consent Team. Participants were asked to wear black to show their solidarity with survivors and post to social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.

Members of 2018 Summit on Sexual Assault and Consent Team addressed students with the following:

“We stand here in support of Dr. Christian Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

We stand here to say that confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in our land sends a message to young people everywhere that committing this crime is okay.

We stand here because we know that it is hard to come forward, we know that it is hard to speak out, but we also know that every voice makes a difference.

We stand here to shatter the silence. To say no person should go anywhere expecting to be assaulted.

We stand here because we stand with survivors. We believe you, what happened is not your fault, you’re not alone.”