Sexual assault survivors berated Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Friday morning after he announced he would vote Brett Kavanaugh out of the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the serious accusations against the Supreme Court nominee and the performance he offered during his testimony Thursday.

“Senator Flake, do you think that Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth?” asked one assault survivor, according to ThinkProgress. “Do you think that he’s able to hold the pain of these countries and prepare it, that is the work of justice, the way that justice works is you recognize harm. You take responsibility for it and then you begin to repair it. You are allowing someone unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions and willing to hold the harm he has done to one woman, actually three women and not repair it. You are allowing someone who is unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions.”

While Flake had entered an elevator, the women held the door open but the senator repeatedly looked away or down and would not answer their questions or respond to their outrage.

“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” yelled another woman in visible anger. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter!”

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