Female staffers in the state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday showed their support for those accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Dozens of women, all dressed in black, walked out of the Capitol holding signs that read “We Believe Survivors” and “Believe Women.”
We Said Enough co-founder Samantha Corbin organized the walkout, which she says is important in preventing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“It is the continued public pressure of people who are voters that will force, frankly, the hand of people in power to behave appropriately," Corbin said. "And if we sit by idly, they will continue to behave as they have.”
We Said Enough is an organization that launched last year by releasing a signed letter from a bipartisan group of more than 140 of some of California's most powerful women, decrying an atmosphere of sexual harassment and assault at the state Capitol and calling for changes.
Walkouts took place across the country as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.
Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her in college. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations from both Ford and Ramirez.
Maggy Krell, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, took part in the Capitol walkout and said Kavanaugh's confirmation process needs to be put on hold.
"I think the Senate needs to do a full stop, right now. They need to postpone the hearing indefinitely," she said. "Either this nominee needs to be withdrawn or there needs to be a full-on investigation of all of these allegations."
Krell said this is not a normal confirmation process and shouldn't be treated like one.