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Graffiti at Yale Law School shows anger over Kavanaugh’s confirmation to Supreme Court is still raw

By WITW Staff on October 23, 2018

Graffiti has emerged on the campus of Yale Law School, the alma mater of recently-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, featuring quotes from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school.

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” read one piece of graffiti, recalling Ford’s claim that she would never forget how Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, allegedly laughed at her fear as Kavanaugh allegedly covered her mouth and groped her.

“I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me,” read another message.

In the wake of Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh — as well as those of Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale classmate of the judge’s who told The New Yorker that he had exposed himself in front of her during a college dorm party — Yale law students protested Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in numbers. Some 250 law professors, a number of whom were also affiliated with Yale Law School, also came forward with a letter declaring why they considered him unfit to serve on the nation’s highest court. Speaking with HuffPost, Yale Law student Laurel Raymond said that the recent emergence of the graffiti showed how deeply the accusations against Kavanaugh had resonated with women pursuing careers in law.

Something about the permanence of paint speaks to how deeply betrayed and disappointed people feel,” she said. “There’s still a lot of anger and disappointment in the halls of [Yale Law]. I think in particular, a lot of female students feel very fundamentally betrayed. But also very determined to change things for the better.”

Read the full story at The Cut.


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