Yale Students And Graduates Are Speaking Out Against Alumnus Brett Kavanaugh

Yale students of both past and present are calling for a fair investigation into the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual assault from two women who have come forward, past and present students from his alma mater, Yale University, are speaking out in support of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

On Monday, faculty members canceled 31 classes at Yale Law School in order to facilitate a student sit-in protesting the Supreme Court nominee. The same day, over 1,000 of the university's alumnae signed an open letter backing Ramirez, a fellow Yale alumnus, and Ford and demanding that their accusations be taken seriously.

According to HuffPost, hundreds of Yale Law students are demanding a full investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. While over 100 students made the trip to Washington D.C. to protest Kavanaugh's nomination, more than 200 others participated in the on-campus sit-in a collective show of support for Ford, Ramirez, and sexual abuse survivors everywhere. As captured on social media, students sat in the school's halls — many dressed in all-black clothing, as protesters also did yesterday during the #BelieveSurvivors walkout — to protest the mistreatment of Ford and Ramirez in the wake of their allegations

The sit-in also drew the participation of some faculty members and even Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who spoke in support of a full inquiry into Kavanaugh's alleged misconduct. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

"The Senate's treatment of our own alumna Anita Hill more than two decades ago sent a crystal-clear message to women and to all people who have experienced sexual violence: We don't care about you," protester and third-year law student Dana Bolger said in a statement, per HuffPost. "We demand that the Senate not repeat this same shameful mistake again. We state unequivocally that we believe and stand with Professor Blasey Ford and Debbie Ramirez."

But the law school students aren't the only Yale attendees to speak out against Kavanaugh. A letter titled "Open Letter from Women of Yale in Support of Deborah Ramirez" drew hundreds of signatures from former students of the school. As of Tuesday morning, over 1750 women had signed it, with names still continuing to be added.

"We are coming forward as women of Yale because we have a shared experience of the environment that shaped not only Judge Kavanaugh's life and career, but our own," the letter reads. "We are committed to supporting all women who have faced sexual assault, not only at Yale, but across the country."

The letter goes on to commend Ramirez for her bravery in coming forward with allegations of an incident that happened at Yale. "We demand that her allegations be thoroughly investigated and that she be treated with fairness, and given an opportunity to tell her story," it reads. "We also demand that the Senate Judiciary Committee delay any vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the United States Supreme Court until all allegations against him have been investigated, all witnesses have testified under oath, and his nomination has been thoroughly vetted."

Ramirez went public with her accusations against Kavanaugh in a Sunday report published by The New Yorker. According to the report, Ramirez says that Kavanaugh thrust his penis into her face at a party when he was a freshman at Yale. The story broke just days after his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were in high school. Alumnae from her alma mater, all-girls high school Holton-Arms in Bethesda, Maryland, also signed a public letter of support in September. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations from both women. Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify about her sexual assault allegations in a public hearing this Thursday. 

Cover image via Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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