Kavanaugh hearing viewers call C-SPAN with devastating stories of sexual assault

By Chloe Bryan

During a break in C-SPAN’s coverage of Thursday’s testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, viewers of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing called into the network to share their experiences with sexual assault.

One call in particular on the Democrat line made by a 76-year-old woman in Valley Park, Missouri is resonating with viewers. The woman, who identified herself as Brenda, recounted her own assault which took place when she was in second grade and was perpetuated by a seventh grader at her school. 

“[The hearing] brings back so much pain,” she said. “I thought I was over it, but [I’m] not. 

“You will never forget it,” she added. “You get confused and you don’t understand it but you never forget what happened to you.”

Brenda from Missouri calls C-SPAN

“I’m a 76-year-old woman who was sexually molested in 2nd grade. This brings back so much pain. Thought I was over it but it’s not. You will never forget it. You get confused & you don’t understand it but you never forget what happened to you.” pic.twitter.com/uCgroeQ4B5

— CSPAN (@cspan) September 27, 2018

Another caller — this time a 53-year-old woman on the Republican line — also shared the details of her assault, which happened when she was 12-years-old at the hands of her friend’s brother. 

“The only person I ever told that to was my husband … and a girlfriend since then,” she said.

And a caller from the Republican line shares her experience. She also later shared that her daughter was also assaulted and that she found Ford credible but found Kavanaugh’s defense also”compelling” pic.twitter.com/SOcwWvMRN7

— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) September 27, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Ford are testifying on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school gathering in 1982. Kavanaugh has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since Ford made her accusations in a letter written to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, which was subsequently leaked to the press, multiple other accusers have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Additional reporting by Marcus Gilmer

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