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Protesters Adorn Yale's Women's Table With Flowers As Kavanaugh Confirmed

Oct 7, 2018

This weekend, just as Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual assault, some Yale students were adorning a sculpture on campus with flowers and letters of support for survivors. 

Student Miranda Coombe said it's time to shift the focus away from Kavanaugh.

"Because he’s gotten a ton of attention already and is already the type of person whose voice is listened to, who is able to share his own story," she explained. "So we’re really here to stand in solidarity with survivors, especially survivors on Yale’s campus, as a lot of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh occurred just 100 feet away on Old Campus."

Kavanaugh was accused by one of his Yale classmates, Deborah Ramirez of sexual assault when they were both freshmen at the college.

Student Liam Arnade-Colwill said incidents like those alleged to have taken place in the 1980s, still happen today.

"And I think its incumbent upon us, particularly as young people for us to change the current atmosphere around sexual conduct," he said. "We want to create a world where these issues of sexual violence no longer afflict so many people."

The gathering centered around a sculpture called The Women’s Table. It was designed by architect Maya Lin, best known as the creator of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.