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Believe women. Believe survivors.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. This year it comes at a time when Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has thrust our country into a painful and long overdue conversation about sexual assault.

Far too often, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are shamed and challenged for coming forward with their stories. And far too often abusers avoid accountability. The attacks on Dr. Ford and other courageous women who have come forward – and the attempt to cover up credible allegations against Judge Kavanaugh – have been traumatizing for many survivors.

I want to be absolutely clear: I believe Dr. Ford. I believe survivors, I stand with you, and I am fighting alongside you. As your Congresswoman, I will fight to make sure you are heard, and I will fight for justice.

I was proud to join several of my colleagues last week in a march to the Senate to protest Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. Addressing domestic violence and sexual assault are priorities of mine as a member of Congress – I am fighting for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and I helped defeat unacceptable amendments that would have discriminated against some victims based on sexual orientation, ethnicity, and immigration status.

If you're experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, or if you are a survivor in need of assistance, please contact one of the excellent organizations and government agencies with resources to help: crisis hotlines, local support organizations, legal aid, financial assistance, and more (see the list at the end of this email).

Resources in Oregon for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence:

Thank you for standing with me, and with survivors,

Suzanne

Posted on October 6, 2018.