Dear Friends and Colleagues –
We know the last few weeks have been particularly difficult. We’ve been hurting along with you. The unrelenting barrage of news stories, social media posts, and conversations questioning the truthfulness of survivors can lead us to feel traumatized and triggered over and over again. Because of the increase in calls and requests for service from survivors, advocates and therapists are working in overdrive, while also personally feeling the impact of this Supreme Court nomination process.
The treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women who have come forward to disclose sexual assault has been damaging to survivors across the country – and not just those who are wondering whether it’s safe to tell anyone about their assaults, but those who have already come forward. Throughout this process, victims have been shamed, and their accounts of sexual violence dismissed and minimized. Questions have been asked about delayed disclosing and why there were no law enforcement reports. The questions show an almost willful failure to understand trauma and the experiences of survivors involved with the criminal justice system, and have made clear that some have refused to pay attention to hundreds of hours of testimony provided on these subjects over the years. This morning’s statement from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which provides oversight of the Department of Justice, including the Office on Violence Against Women, is stunning and shameful.
As always, we will continue listening to survivors’ stories, providing space in which they can speak their truths. We believe them, and offer our unwavering support. We’re not saying this isn’t, and won’t continue to be difficult, but we must be resolute. We see you. We understand, and feel it too. We’re continually and forever grateful for your commitment to justice.