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Teens Showed Solidarity With Christine Blasey Ford As She Testified To Congress About Her Sexual Assault

Ford alleges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.

Posted on September 27, 2018, at 2:44 p.m. ET

Christine Blasey Ford delivered an emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school Thursday.

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Outside of the hearing, people gathered to show support for Ford and for the Supreme Court nominee. An hour before the testimony began, there were roughly 200 people there.

Protests are growing — at least 200 are outside Dirksen Senate building, where Judge Kavanaugh and Dr Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify.

People chanted about believing both Christine Blasey Ford and Anita Hill.

#ChristineBlaseyFord: This group just doubled in size. “We believe Christine Ford, we believe Anita Hill,” they’re chanting - now lining up to enter the Dirksen Senate building.

Women were there to support Kavanaugh too. This group assembled inside the Hart Senate Office Building. They wore shirts like “I Stand With Brett” and “Women for Kavanaugh.”

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Supporters of the nominee also held a rally behind the Senate office buildings.

"We find it disgraceful when the left wants to use our pain to punish someone." Conservative women's groups are hosting a pro-kavanaugh rally behind senate office buildings. #Kavanaugh

In the afternoon, a group of people held up lettered signs that spelled out “#believe.”

RIGHT NOW: A protest outside the James M. Hanley U.S. Courthouse & Federal Building calling to believe survivors in light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. @CNYcentral

This person held a red umbrella that said “Believe Women” on it.

These two women held up signs that read “Dear Survivors, we believe you.”

On the scene at the #KavanaughHearings today.

These two teens, who go to Holton-Arms, the all-girls school Ford attended, took turns listening to the testimony. They were there “in support of our alumna.”

These Holton Arms seniors have been rotating in and out of the hearing, sharing one ticket, “in support of our alumna” #BlaseyFord #kavanaugh

One teen, there with her three friends, wearing her Holton-Arms uniform, told a reporter, “We wanted her to know we support her and what she is doing is important.”

17yo woman in plaid uniform skirt & grey Holton-Arms sweatshirt is sitting in audience in Kavanaugh hearing rm listening to Ford (a Holton alumna). Doesn't want her name used. "We wanted her to know we support her & what she is doing is important," she tells me. Here w 3 friends

These students held hands inside the Senate building to show their support for Ford.

Holton Arms students are here in Hart in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. #BelieveSurvivors #WithdrawKavanaugh #KavanaughHearing

Women, wearing Holton-Arms shirts, also sang the high school’s anthem in the office building.

A group of women clad in shirts from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s High School of Holton-Arms sing the school anthem in the Hart Senate Office Building - Capitol Police are warning the group that this is “illegal activity.”

These people sat in Sen. Ted Cruz’s office. “She is risking everything to save our democracy,” this protester said.

We are watching Dr. Ford’s testimony in Senator Ted Cruz’s office to make sure his staff is watching it, too. Dr. Ford’s stunning bravery needs to be heard by all. She is risking everything to save our democracy. #BelieveSurvivors #BelieveChristine

And this man, standing alone, held up a cardboard sign, which read “I Stand With Her.”

I’m on Capitol Hill today covering protests against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as he prepares to testify alongside Christine Blasey Ford, who’s accused him of sexual assault. Follow me and @USATODAY for updates.

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