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‘Thank You Deborah’: Plane Tows Message of Support for Brett Kavanaugh Accuser in Boulder

September 26, 2018

A banner in support of Deborah Ramirez was flown over Boulder on Wednesday. Ramirez, a Boulder resident and a Boulder County employee, is one of three women to come forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The plane was commissioned by UltraViolet, a leading national women's advocacy organization, which supports sexual assault survivors.

In days since she came forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, support for Boulder’s Deborah Ramirez has come from all over the county. Now, it is even coming out of the sky.

A plane towing a banner that read, “Thank you Deborah we have your back” flew over downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado on Wednesday to show support for Ramirez, one of three women to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh.

Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself during a drunken dormitory party at Yale, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

Ramirez’s is now one of three women who have come forward against Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, and on Wednesday a third woman, Julie Swetnik, submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Kavanaugh was present at a party where she was drugged and gang-raped.

The plane with the support message for Ramirez was commissioned by UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group that supports sexual assault survivors. The group also paid for a similar message for Ford that flew over Palo Alto, Calif. last week .

“We believe Deborah Ramirez. We believe Christine Blasey Ford. Survivors of sexual assault don’t forget what happened to them,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement. “Deborah Ramirez made the decision to come forward, tell her story, and relive her sexual assault trauma in favor of protecting women everywhere. That takes tremendous courage. UltraViolet and its more than one million members want her to know that she is a hero and that we have her back.

“Violence against women has no place in our society, and it certainly has no place on the highest court in the nation. Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination.”

As the plane circled over the Pearl Street Wednesday morning, a few people walking out on the mall stopped to look up at the plane or try to record it.

“I was just sitting here when I saw it,” said Kate Ryan as she sat outside the Boulder County Courthouse at 13th and Pearl. “I snapped a few photos.”

Ryan said she has been following the Kavanaugh story both because of the Supreme Court implications as well as the fact that one of the accusers is local. She said she was glad to see Ramirez getting support, whether it be in letters from the Boulder County Commissioners or letters in the sky.

“It is really heartwarming to see Boulder County supporting the people who work for them,” Ryan said.

Marti Bolivar actually knows someone who works at the county with Ramirez, so when he saw the plane he knew what the banner was for and tried to get some shots of his own.

“Respect to her for coming forward,” he said. “Hopefully she gets a chance to be heard.”

Ramirez’s attorney John Clune has called for an FBI investigation , and has expressed frustration with what he sees as a lack of cooperation from the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars

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