By Elaina Ramsey, Ohio RCRC Executive Director

My faith tradition has a bad habit of not believing women.

Throughout the Bible and Christian history, women are silenced and dismissed. As the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus, they were not believed “because their words seemed to [the disciples] like nonsense.” (Luke 24:1-11, NIV)

Not much has changed today — particularly as we watch Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings unfold. In the past week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has faced public scrutiny for courageously sharing how Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to rape her during high school. Trump and countless others continue to discredit Dr. Ford and refuse to believe her.

To be clear, long before Kavanaugh was credibly accused of sexual assault, there were many reasons to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has a track record of criminalizing abortion and punishing women, and has failed to uphold the rights of immigrants, workers, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals. He is unfit to lead and should not be appointed to the Supreme Court.

Dr. Ford’s allegations must be taken seriously. As a rape survivor, I know all too well what it’s like to endure the assault of one’s body and dignity. I believe her — and I hope and pray you do, too.

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Ohio RCRC is proud to stand in solidarity with Dr. Ford. In all that we do, we seek to faithfully honor the bodily autonomy and moral agency of women. Here's how you can stand with us:

  • Send love, light, prayers, and energy to Dr. Ford as she prepares to publicly testify against Kavanaugh.

  • Call Senator Rob Portman (202-224-3353) and urge him to rethink his support of Brett Kavanaugh. We’ve done our part to help convince Senator Sherrod Brown to stop Kavanaugh. Sen. Portman must also do the right thing and vote NO on Kavanaugh.

  • Download the image above, and share it on social media to show your faithful support for Dr. Ford.

We must do all we can to stop this nonsense. Help us create a world where women are fully trusted and believed. Invest in Ohio RCRC today.

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