Public figures, especially contentious ones, like newly-minted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, should really know by now that in this day an age it’s always a good idea to ensure that you own your name as a domain.
In Kavanaugh’s case, however, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, as BrettKavanaugh.com now features a list of resources aimed at helping sexual assault survivors, as well as survivors of other forms of abuse.
When you go to the URL bearing Kavanaugh’s name, a huge text imposed over an image of the Supreme Court reads “We Believe Survivors.”
“The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another. But, more importantly, it is putting a national focus on the issue of sexual assault – and how we as a country can and should do more to prevent it and to support those who have experienced it. This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories. We applaud your bravery. We believe you,” the page reads before listing a slew of resources.
Fix the Court, a nonpartisan group that advocates for transparency and accountability on the Supreme Court, was the one behind this particular domain purchase, according to The Hill.
The launch of the site coincided with Kavanaugh’s first day on the court after a contentious confirmation process, steeped in allegations of sexual misconduct against the justice himself.
Gabe Roth, the executive director of the group, said in a statement that the purchase of BrettKavanaugh.com, as well as the .net and .org equivalents of the domain name (see, this is how you cover all your bases), was a show of support for all survivors, including Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, and Anita Hill, who testified against Justice Clarence Thomas during his nomination process back in the early ‘90s.
“I am redirecting those three to a landing page with resources for victims of sexual assault. I believe Dr. Ford. I believe Prof. Hill. I also believe that asking for forgiveness is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness,” Roth said in the statement. “Watching last night’s White House event and listening to the President again cast doubt on veracity of Dr. Ford’s claims, while not hearing a word of contrition from the newest justice, was difficult for many Americans who have experienced sexual misconduct firsthand.”
“Fix the Court stands with you. We believe you, and we support you,” he added.
Of course, the event Roth is referring to is the Monday evening ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House in honor of Kavanaugh where President Trump apologized to Kavanaugh for “the terrible pain and suffering” that he and his family were “forced to endure.”
“Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception,” the president said.
Because we all know who the real victim is here.
Regardless of your feelings about Kavanaugh and his confirmation however, there is no doubt that a resource like this is needed. So if you or anyone you know is in need of help due to acts of sexual violence, feel free to check out BrettKavanaugh.com.