Women across the country expressed gratitude on Thursday as they watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify publicly that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her years ago.

Dr. Ford’s testimony came in front of 11 Republican senators, all men, on the Senate Judiciary Committee who have pledged to push through a vote on Kavanaugh regardless of her claims while hiding behind an outside female prosecutor they hired to question her.

With the hearing ongoing, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was among the groups and individuals demonstrating on Capitol Hill in support of Ford:

A number of Democratic senators also applauded Ford for coming forward with her allegation as it became clear in July that Kavanaugh was on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist—with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) suggesting that Ford’s testimony could have a tangible effect on sexual assault survivors across the nation.

“There are millions of victims and survivors out there who have been inspired by your courage—I am,” said Leahy. “Bravery is contagious.”

Others on social media echoed Leahy’s sentiments.

Leahy also questioned Ford about the image that was most ingrained in her memory of the assault.

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