The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is stalled as President Trump ordered a supplemental FBI investigation Friday.
Outrage continued in Burlington Friday over Kavanaugh’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice. As part of a nationwide call for protestors to come out at noon, Vermonters joined in by walking the length of Church Street carrying signs with messages like “Believe survivors” and “Stop Kavanaugh”.
“There’s so many of us who are deeply hurting and afraid about this appointment, it’s very personal,” said Rachel Siegel, Executive Director of Peace & Justice Center.
Representative Selene Colburn attended the rally Friday. She sits on the House Committee on Judiciary for the Chittenden 6-4 District, which she says works to empower survivors of sexual assault.
“To watch my counterparts on the most powerful Judiciary Committee in the country rushing forward a nomination in a way that sends the exact opposite message of that work is just astounding,” Rep. Colburn said.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony has helped many other survivors come forward. The national sexual assault hotline reports a 201% increase in calls Thursday due to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
“It’s not unusual for us to see an increase in calls to our hotline during times like this,” said Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of Steps to End Domestic Violence, which offers a 24 hour hotline to Vermonters. “These high profile incidents or conversations happen, it brings up memories, or old feelings of trauma among people who have experienced abuse”.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say the FBI supplemental background check will be limited in scope to current, credible allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.