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Women share their stories of abuse in rally for support

October 2, 2018

More than 100 people, mostly women, stood in a cold drizzle on Dodge Street on Sunday to advocate for greater trust in women who say they’ve been sexually assaulted and to oppose the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Quite a few carried signs saying they had been victims of assault.

For 20-year-old Lizzie, who asked that her full name not be used, it was a deeply personal day that helped heal the wound that was inflicted when she says she was raped by her boyfriend at age 16.

“This is a day I won’t forget,” she said.

The rally was organized by the Facebook group #BelieveSurvivors Omaha and prompted by the Senate hearing at which Christine Blasey Ford, a professor, and Kavanaugh, a federal judge, testified about her allegation that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

A few people in passing vehicles shouted back their support for Kavanaugh. A man in a pickup truck chanted: “Kav-an-augh, Kav-an-augh!” Later, a male passenger in a second pickup shouted: “Where’s the proof? Where’s the proof?”

To Lizzie, the men were galling.

“I have no proof,” she said of her rape. “But I will carry it for a lifetime.”

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