The Kavanaugh Allegations Rock the United States (in Photos)

The Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearings touched a raw nerve for survivors of sexual violence.
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On September 16th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford publicly alleged that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. In the last two weeks, debates about assault, justice, and power have dominated the news.

Other accusers have come forward: Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh, drunk, exposed himself to her at a party, and Julie Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh participate in sexual misconduct, including gang rapes, in the early 1980s.

This week, Ford testified about her experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee for hours. Later, Kavanaugh testified and denied any inappropriate behavior. Meanwhile, citizens across the country reacted with alternating rage and joy; protesters marched on Capitol Hill and confronted their senators.

On Friday, Kavanaugh's confirmation seemed imminent. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to send Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Senate floor, protesters cornered Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) in an elevator. Flake, who had previously announced he'd support Kavanaugh, publicly wavered and called for a one-week delay and an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the allegations.

"Jeff said, 'I'm concerned that we are tearing the country apart,'" fellow Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) told CNN.

The White House has officially ordered a week-long investigation. The final date of the confirmation vote remains uncertain.

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 27th, 2018.

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 27th, 2018.

U.S. Capitol Police arrest protesters who were demonstrating against the confirmation of nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 25th, 2018.

U.S. Capitol Police arrest protesters who were demonstrating against the confirmation of nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 25th, 2018.

Pro-Kavanaugh supporters gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Pro-Kavanaugh supporters gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Dozens of protesters against the confirmation of Republican Supreme court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer's office on September 27th, 2018, in New York, New York.

Dozens of protesters against the confirmation of Republican Supreme court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer's office on September 27th, 2018, in New York, New York.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified on September 27th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified on September 27th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Senator Jeff Flake speaks with reporters after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell about the Kavanaugh nomination on September 28th, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Flake initially stated he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but called for a delay and an FBI investigation on Friday afternoon.

Senator Jeff Flake speaks with reporters after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell about the Kavanaugh nomination on September 28th, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Flake initially stated he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but called for a delay and an FBI investigation on Friday afternoon.

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