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What Happened Inside Sen. Flake's Head?

Ana María Archila and Maria Gallagher made an angry impact
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2018 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Did two women just affect the course of Supreme Court history? One of the women who angrily confronted Sen. Jeff Flake outside an elevator Thursday—perhaps influencing him to demand an FBI investigation into sexual-assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh—says they did alter things. "His reaction shows the power that we have, together, when we chose to tell our stories and stand up for our vision of an inclusive society," writes Ana María Archila in USA Today. "When we take action, we breathe new life and possibility into our democracy." Archila, 39, had kept the story of her childhood sexual assault mostly secret until telling it outside Flake's office earlier in the week. Her colleague, Maria Gallagher, 23, revealed her assault story for the first time ever at the elevator. For more:

  • The call: Even Gallagher's mother didn't know about the assault, the Daily Beast reports. Her mother called right after seeing the exchange on cable. "This won't be an easy conversation," said Gallagher as she took the call outside.

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