At the Opera House Square Park in Oshkosh on Thursday, the Women’s March of Wisconsin rallied in support of sexual assault survivors while also calling on Senator Ron Johnson to vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
There was a moment of silence for all the victims of sexual assault, while those at the rally raised their hands with messages saying that they believe the victims who come forward.
Then, it got louder, with these women talking through a bullhorn in the park, sharing the stories of when they were sexually assaulted or raped,
“I too was sexually assaulted,” Lisa Hansen, the organizer of the event, said. “It happened to me on three different occasions throughout my teenage years, first one I was only fourteen.”
Hansen said she sees herself in Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.
“It could easily be me in that chair,” Hansen said. “If one of those men had gone on to become a judge, I certainly would have done exactly what Dr. Ford is doing today.”
What Ford did Thursday was testify against Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the world watching her.
Those at the rally signed letters and wrote comments to Senator Ron Johnson, urging him to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation when the time comes.
They hope their message echoes all the way to Washington, D.C.
“I think Senator Johnson should know that the message he’s going to send with his vote on Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a message that he sends to all boys and girls in Wisconsin about what’s okay, and what’s not okay,” Koby Schellenger from Oshkosh said.
The rally also encouraged people to vote in the midterm election this November.