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Supreme Court transparency group buys eponymous Kavanaugh site to aid victims

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 9 p.m.

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From staff reports

A black-and-white photo of the facade of the U. S. Supreme Court Building strips the top of the website. The vantage point, looking up at columns, makes the building feel imposing. In juxtaposition, white, sans-serif font plastered across the columns: We Believe Survivors. The website’s address?

The website’s purpose – spelled out in gray type directly beneath the photograph – is clearly stated, providing sexual misconduct survivors with resources and assistance. Links are provided to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, End Rape on Campus and Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

“This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories,” the website says. “We applaud your bravery. We believe you.”

The author of the website is not clearly identified on the page, but the bottom of the page provides a link to the advocacy group Fix the Court. The website describes itself as “a national, non-partisan grassroots organization created to take the Supreme Court to task for its lack of accountability and transparency …”

The executive director, Gabe Roth, issued a statement about

“Three years ago, I bought a handful of URLs that I thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles,” Roth said in his statement. “Today I am redirecting those three to a landing page with resources for victims of sexual assault.”

Roth said that Kavanaugh’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was difficult for victims of sexual misconduct.

“Fix the Court stands with you,” he said. “We believe you, and we support you.”

The Spokesman-Review’s Megan Rowe contributed to this report.

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