There's no way to sugarcoat it--Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court was a heartbreaking moment of betrayal for survivors and women. His views on issues that impact women will harm millions, and yet it would be a mistake to think of this as purely a defeat. UltraViolet members and our allies are a part of a groundswell to end rape culture and expand women's rights. Although it may not immediately feel like it, we are making real progress.
As soon as Trump announced his pick for the Supreme Court, UltraViolet members and allies leaped into action to protest Kavanaugh's extremist views on criminalizing abortion and taking away women's health care. On the first day of his original hearings, women of color led the civil disobedience that made it clear to the Senate that women are not going to stand for someone who poses such a historic threat to women--particularly women of color, Indigenous women, and LGBTQ people.
Then, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford bravely came forward to testify. Ultimately, it was the voices of survivors that created the biggest obstacle to putting Kavanaugh on the court. In a sharp rebuke of how Anita Hill was treated in 1991, we were a part of a massive coalition of organizations and people, again led by women of color, who fought for themselves and survivors everywhere in the halls of the Senate and inspired many sitting senators to fight as well.
UltraViolet organized hundreds of people to line the halls of the Senate, confronting senators day after day, demanding they listen to survivors and oppose Kavanaugh.
Here are just some of the highlights of what we accomplished together:
In the end, Republicans had the votes (see who betrayed us here)--but survivors, women, and our allies forced the country to face a deep, unvarnished conversation about women's rights, survivor justice, and our values as a country. We drew tens of thousands of people to join protests, call Congress, write letters, and speak out. We educated millions about what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault and the pervasiveness of rape culture. And we ended this fight stronger than we began. This is what we can accomplish together, and we have no plans to stop fighting.