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'This Is How Victims Are Isolated and Silenced': Debbie Ramirez on the Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=45252"><span class="small">Amanda Michelle Gomez, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 13:12

Gomez writes: "Debbie Ramirez, who attended Yale with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said the Senate's treatment of her was reminiscent of when the judge first assaulted her 35 years ago."

Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's, has described a dormitory party gone awry and a drunken incident that she wants the F.B.I. to investigate. (photo: Benjamin Rasmussen/The New Yorker)
Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's, has described a dormitory party gone awry and a drunken incident that she wants the F.B.I. to investigate. (photo: Benjamin Rasmussen/The New Yorker)


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'This Is How Victims Are Isolated and Silenced': Debbie Ramirez on the Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

By Amanda Michelle Gomez, ThinkProgress

06 October 18


Read the full statement from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Debbie Ramirez.

ebbie Ramirez, who attended Yale with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said the Senate’s treatment of her was reminiscent of when the judge first assaulted her 35 years ago.

“[T]he other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh,” Ramirez said in a statement released Saturday, just a few hours before Kavanaugh’s final confirmation vote.

“As I watch many of the Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I’m right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior.”

Ramirez told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her at a college party, thrusting his penis in her face and making her touch it without her consent. She is one of three women who accused President Donald Trump’s nominee of sexual assault.

Despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s credible testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in which she described her own assault and reports that the FBI investigation into the allegations were far from thorough, enough senators say they are voting in favor of the nomination to confirm Kavanaugh.

Many senators have said they believe Dr. Ford was assaulted but that it wasn’t Kavanaugh and that she’s “mixed up” and “mistaken” — meaning, they do not actually believe her. So Kavanaugh, a man who is opposed by a majority of the country, is all but certain to become the next Supreme Court justice.

Ramirez’s statement echoed Dr. Ford’s testimony. Dr. Ford told senators she could never forget the “uproarious laughter” from Kavanaugh and his college friend Mark Judge when the former assaulted her in high school. Using her expertise as a psychologist professor, she said “indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter — the uproarious laughter between the two and they’re having fun at my expense.”

Read the full statement from Kavanaugh’s accuser, Debbie Ramirez:

Thirty-five years ago, the other students in the room chose to laugh and look the other way as sexual violence was perpetrated on me by Brett Kavanaugh. As I watch many of the Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I’m right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior. This is how victims are isolated and silenced.

But I do have corroborating witnesses speaking for me, although they were not allowed to speak to the FBI, and I feel extremely grateful for them and for the overwhelming amount of support that I have received and continue to receive during this extremely difficult and painful time. There may be people with power who are looking the other way, but there are millions more who are standing together, speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors. This is truly a collective moment of survivors and allies standing together.

Thank you for hearing me, seeing me and believing me. I am grateful for each and every one of you. We will not be silenced.

We stand in truth and light,

Debbie Ramirez

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+17 # chemtex2611 2018-10-06 23:44
Grassley and Mitch "the Plough" McConnell have shown their true colors as old men who are tone deaf and behind the times. Similarly for all who voted for this nomination, simply because they are cowards. I must wonder what else these men have done in the past that we haven't heard about, but they are afraid that we might find out.

My Dad taught me, "Don't get mad, get even." As you drive to work or walk the dog, think of ways to make this a problem for these old, out-of -touch men. They cannot stay in their offices forever, and they should never be comfortable when they are seen in airports or hotels or restaurants. If Ted Cruz can be hooted out of a restaurant, so can these other men.

They gave their party over to Trump, a liar, an abuser and a bully, and now they say that are afraid of his bullying tweets. Be a wise owl, like Pallas Athene's icon, and hoot at these men where ever they go for the decades to come. They could not understand our words when women explained how they felt being taunted and harassed by men. Help them now to feel the discomfort and anxiety that we have all felt.

Become Pallas Athene's Little Sisters, PALS, and hoot like a fierce owl when she hunts for mice and rabbits and snakes. Be a strong, beautiful, wise owl. Be a PAL Join the Parliament of Owls.
 
 
+11 # ddd-rrr 2018-10-07 08:02
Without such courageous people as Dr. Ford and Debbie Ramirez -- people willing to
expose themselves to shame and ridicule by those who choose to ignore the reality
of such encounters as the ones they experienced -- we would not know about
the nature of the one just placed on the highest court of our nation.
These people were willing to take a “double hit” for the
sake of our country -- and they should be
honored by us ALL for doing that!
 
 
+2 # Good4Glenn 2018-10-07 22:59
Our bodies tend to reveal the truth and may even contradict what we're saying. I watched BK's testimony to the Senate again and noticed that his left cheek bulged as he pushed his tongue against it. He did this for several seconds before he would answer a question. It appeared he was 'thoughtful before he spoke the tongue in cheek answer. Do the Republican Senators know when someone speaks with tongue in cheek' what it means? If they do, they knew he was joking and not giving an honest answe AND they didn't care for the future of the validity of the Supreme Court.