This Photo Is Every Woman Watching The Kavanaugh Hearing
An emotional hearing in the US Supreme Court attracted the attention of women everywhere as a conservative federal appeals court judge decried his innocence against sexual assault.
This was their reaction:
Brett Kavanaugh is the federal appeals court judge chosen by President Donald Trump for a lifetime job on the top US court. He has also been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three women.
Fighting to save his nomination, he both angrily and tearfully denied assault accusations on Thursday, after Dr Christine Blasey Ford gave testimony that she was certain he was her attacker 36 years ago.
Appearing in public for the first time, the university professor detailed her allegation against Kavanaugh during hours of questioning to Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor.
"The first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that you are terrified. And I just wanted to let you know, I'm very sorry. That's not right," Mitchell said.
Ford told the court a drunken Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing at a social gathering in Maryland in 1982, when he was 17 and she was 15.
She said she feared Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her during the alleged assault.
"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?" Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked.
"One hundred per cent," was Ford's firm reply.
Calling himself a victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination", Kavanaugh later responded, unequivocally denying Ford's allegation.
He said he wanted to testify as soon as it first emerged and was not surprised that other allegations -- from two other women who have also accused him of sexual misconduct -- followed.
The delay in scheduling a hearing “has been horrible to me and my family, to the Supreme Court and to the country,” Kavanaugh said.
... to which those following along on social media replied with:
The hearing process has taken place amid the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. It prompted a wave of sexual assault survivors to share their stories on Twitter of why they didn't report their attack, in an effort to highlight the complex reasons why a person may not.
Democrats lauded Ford’s testimony as credible, brave and, in the words of Senator Cory Booker, “nothing short of heroic".
While the hearing has intensified political division in the United States, with some Republicans and President Trump calling the allegations part of a smear campaign, Ford said she was "no pawn".
The committee could vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.