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“I think the parallels between what happened on Capitol Hill today and what is happening in New Hampshire tonight are striking,” said Lyn Schollett, executive director of NHCADSV. “What we have seen here tonight is elected officials, leaders and community members supporting victims, believing victims.”
Survivor Tina Smith said she tuned into the hearings, which preceded Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for the United States Supreme Court, set to go forward as planned Friday.
“I want to hear both sides,” said Smith, who lives in Concord. “I believe her because I know how hard it is. There is no other reason for her to come forward and do this at this time.”
Smith said people need to listen and treat survivors with respect.
“There are so many reasons that we don't tell our stories,” she said. “Mine was I was afraid I would hurt my mother's feelings. For (Ford) to do that, people have to admire that.”
Advocates hope that, regardless of how the confirmation process turns out, Ford speaking out will help other survivors in their own situations.