- Alyssa Milano is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings Thursday with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of attempted rape.
- She’s become an outspoken supporter of sexual assault victims since the Harvey Weinstein allegations surfaced a year ago.
- President Trump’s dismissal of Ford’s accusations inspired Milano to write about her own sexual assault experience.
Actress Alyssa Milano is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings Thursday as a guest of California Senator Dianne Feinstein. She’s there to offer support to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
“I felt like I needed to be here to show solidarity and my support to Dr. Ford for this day that surely will be incredibly difficult for her,” she told reporters.
I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. pic.twitter.com/vkJ1NYU6pt
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 27, 2018
I’m in D.C. because I don’t believe any man’s misogyny should take precedent over a survivor’s humanity.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 26, 2018
Former “Who’s the Boss” actress Milano is a political activist and has been one of the leaders of the #MeToo movement, inspiring women to tell their stories of sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations in October 2017.
She has advocated for victims of sexual misconduct, and spoken about her own experience being sexually assaulted after President Donald Trump – who 19 women accused of sexual misconduct – discredited the allegations against Kavanaugh because Ford hadn’t filed a police report 36 years ago.
“Far too many of us know that what President Trump said is simply not true,” Milano wrote in Vox. “Victims of sexual assault often don’t report what happened because they know all too well that our stories are rarely taken seriously or believed – and that when it comes to sexual misconduct, our justice system is broken.”
Milano has been in Washington, DC since earlier this week. On Wednesday, she led a group of women throughout the Capitol to attempt to speak to different senators and persuade them from voting against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“I remember this day for Anita Hill, and it really shaped the way I see women, and the way I see men treat women,” Milano told reporters. “So I hope we’ve come full circle and this will not be a repeat of ’91, and we’ve hopefully progressed past.”
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