Vanderbilt students take part in national walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville took part in a national walkout Monday in support of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Students at Vanderbilt University Divinity, Nursing, and Public Health walked out at 12 p.m. CST and held a rally. Students said they walked in solidarity to "say loud and clear" that they believe survivors of sexual assault.
"As rising faith and moral conscience leaders we believe it is important to challenge the narrative of those in power that seeks to attack and undermine those who have been sexually assaulted, creating a hostile environment for those who come forward," a Facebook event read.
Survivors of sexual assault have been gathering to protest Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, a second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court. It has also forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.
The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the claim.
In the second claim, Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party in the 1983-84 school year.