Pittsburgh Joins National Walkout For Kavanaugh Accusers

Dozens gathered in Pittsburgh as part of a nationwide walkout

Shelby Cassesse
September 24, 2018 - 4:15 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Dozens dressed in black and gathered outside of Pittsburgh's City-County building to show support for the two women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. 

The walkout was a national event and comes after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford committed to a Thursday hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. One of Kavanaugh's Yale classmates, Deborah Ramirez, claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh her freshman year of college. Her allegations first appeared publicly in The New Yorker on Sunday.

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner commended the women for publicly reporting their assaults. 

"To speak truth to some of the most powerful individuals in this country takes bravery and courage I think that we can't even imagine." 

Many of the speakers were angered by recent legal decisions surrounding sexual assault, like Brock Turner, the 19-year-old convicted of sexually assaulting a woman on Stanford's campus who served three months of a six month jail sentence. 

SEIU Healthcare's Lisa Frank talked about her 16-year-old son and what he should know about sexual assault. 

"If you abuse women, if you harm women, if you take women's lives for granted, if you derail a woman's life, then certain futures are foreclosed to you." 

Kavanaugh said Monday he will not withdraw his nomination.