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Christine Blasey Ford Graffiti at Yale Law School Quotes From Kavanaugh Hearing

Alumni weekend at Yale Law School concluded Sunday night, and graffiti appeared Monday morning directly outside one of the entrances to the school. The words of Christine Blasey Ford had been painted on the stones.

The quote was from Ford’s testimony during the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Yale Law School alumni. During her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in late September, Ford accused President Donald Trump's nominee of holding her down and sexually assaulting her at a party in high school. Asked to describe her strongest memory of the incident, Ford said, “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter.”

That quote is the one that appeared Monday outside of Yale's Sterling Law Building in white paint and big block letters. A photo posted to Twitter by Laurel Raymond, a Yale Law student, shows the graffiti.

Raymond posted the photo around 9:15 a.m. EDT Monday and confirmed to Newsweek at noon Monday that the graffiti was still there.

During Ford's testimony, she said something she would never forget was Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge laughing during the alleged assault. “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense.”

Ford, a professor of clinical psychology, went on to explain exactly how the brain records traumatic memories. Her testimony offered details about the alleged assault, along with details about the house, the party and more.

Despite protests, calls to senators and pushes to deem Kavanaugh unfit for a lifetime on the court, the Senate voted to confirm him in early October. He took the bench with the other Supreme Court justices on October 9.

The graffiti isn’t the first form of protest against Kavanaugh to come from Yaw Law School. Students at the school sat in silence in the halls of the school to demand that the administration formally denounce the alumni.  

The dean of the law school called for an investigation into the allegations from Ford. “I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the Court or our profession,” said the statement from Dean Heather Gerken.

Yale Law School did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

testimony yale law Christine Blasey Ford swears in at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 27, in Washington, D.C. Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images

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