Thursday, 20 September 2018 18:23

Mainers protest Kavanaugh nomination

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BANGOR - As lawmakers in Washington decide on how to deal with sexual allegations from the past involving supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, people in Bangor -- some who have been sexually assaulted -- spoke out against him.

They stood outside of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, where Sen. Susan Collins has an office. Collins has not decided whether to support or vote against Kavanaugh, who has been accused by California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of sexually attacking her back in high school.

“As a survivor, I'm calling on Susan Collins and the rest of our political leaders to believe Dr. Ford and take her allegations seriously because recounting these stories is a difficult and truly courageous act,” said Nik Sparlin, a sexual assault survivor and advocate.

Sparlin was surrounded by members of the Maine Women's Lobby, Mabel Wadsworth Center, the Maine State Nurses Association and others when she spoke for the first time publicly about her past.

Republican lawmakers, including collins, have pushed for Ford to appear Monday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to review her allegations.

Ford's lawyers have responded by saying she will testify as long as the terms are fair.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...