Just days before Christine Blasey Ford is slated to testify against embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a second woman has come forward and accused him of sexual assault.
According to a bombshell report in The New Yorker released on September 23, Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University in the 1980s, has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her without her consent during a dorm party at the college.
But just who is Deborah Ramirez? Here’s all you need to know about her, including her recent allegations against Kavanaugh.
Debbie Ramirez has alleged that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a college party
Who is Deborah Ramirez?
Deborah Ramirez is a woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while the two were classmates at Yale University during the 1983-1984 school year.
A native of Shelton, Connecticut, the 53-year-old was raised in a devout Catholic family and studied psychology and sociology at Yale University.
She currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, a technology company engineer whom she’s been married to since 2007. Ramirez is reportedly a registered Democrat and has worked for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, an organization which helps victims of domestic violence, as a volunteer coordinator since 2002.
In September 2018, she publicly alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were classmates at Yale University in the 1980s.
Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations
According to a report in The New Yorker, Ramirez has alleged that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while at a college party at Yale University in Connecticut.
The alleged incident, according to the report in The New Yorker, took place during the 1983-1984 school year when Ramirez and Kavanaugh reportedly attended a dorm party.
Ramirez, a freshman at the time, said that she was invited by a friend on the school’s women’s soccer team to a dorm room party at the college’s Lawrence Hall, a student residence hall.
Per Ramirez’s account, she and several students were playing a drinking game, causing her to become intoxicated quickly. She alleges that a male student, whom she believes was Brett Kavanaugh, exposed himself to her during the party as other students began laughing at her and taunting her.
Kavanaugh, above, is now facing sexual misconduct allegations from both Ramirez and Ford
‘I know that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind,’ she said.
She said she pushed the male student away after he forced her to touch his genitals.
The alleged incident left her alarmed and upset, especially given her devout Catholic upbringing.
‘I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated,’ Ramirez recalled.
Per Ramirez, she said she can still remember him standing beside her and pulling up his pants.
She said: ‘Brett was laughing. I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.’
Ramirez admitted that there were gaps in her memory given the fact that she was intoxicated at the time, but still expressed confidence that it was indeed Kavanaugh who exposed himself to her.
‘I’m confident about the pants coming up and I’m confident about Brett being there,’ Ramirez said.
Ramirez says she was reluctant to come forward because the alleged incident was something she ‘was embarrassed about,’ but eventually decided to share what she believes happened publicly following the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the beleaguered Supreme Court nominee.
Kavanaugh has denied the sexual misconduct allegations made by Ramirez.
‘This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.
‘I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name – and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building – against these last-minute allegations,’ he wrote in a statement.