An advocacy group bought — and turned it into a resource for survivors

Brett Kavanaugh, newly appointed Supreme Court justice, did not buy the domain for his own name – so an advocacy group did instead.

Fix the Court, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to transparency on the Supreme court, purchased and turned it into a resource for survivors of sexual assault, as The Hill reported. The site went live on Tuesday, which was Kavanaugh’s first day on the bench.

“We believe survivors,” the banner of the website reads in large block letters.

We believe survivors
The website has been turned into a resource for survivors.
“The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another,” the website says. “But, more importantly, it is putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault – and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support those who have experienced it.”

Gabe Roth, the executive director of Fix the Courts, said that he bought the domain name in 2015.

“Three years ago, I bought a handful of URLs that I thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles. Included were,.org and .net,” Roth said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today I am redirecting those three to a landing page with resources for victims of sexual assault.”

Roth said that he was moved to redirect after recent events.

“I believe Dr. Ford. I believe Prof. Hill. I also believe that asking for forgiveness is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness,” he said. “Watching the White House ceremony last night and listening to the President again cast doubt on the veracity of Dr. Ford’s claims, while not hearing a word of contrition from the newest justice, was difficult for many Americans who have experienced sexual misconduct firsthand.”

The one-page site goes on to list resources for survivors of sexual assault, like the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which aims to prevent and respond to sexual violence by supporting survivors and creating and sharing resources; End Rape on Campus, which seeks to end campus sexual violence; and RAINN, which operates a national hotline (1-800-656-4673) that offers confidential support from trained staff members.

Alyssa Milano, who has been a leader of the #MeToo movement and attended the Kavanaugh hearings as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted about the website.^tfw
Others also posted about the site on Twitter.^tfw^tfw^tfw
“This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories,” the site reads. “We applaud your bravery. We believe you.”

Editor’s note: This post has been updated.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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