The petition was started by Care2, and had more than 3,300 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. It calls on Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken to establish a permanent tribute, such as a plaque or statue, to Dr. Ford outside of the Sterling Law Building.
The petition comes just days after graffiti was found on campus citing words from Dr. Ford’s testimony against then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was later confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.
The words read:
“…indelible in the hippocampus…is the laughter…”
“Dr. Ford has become a symbol for a generation of American women and inspired a movement of women to break their silence through the #whyIdidntreport hashtag and reshape the way the Country thinks about sexual assault survivors”, writes Alison P. on her Care2 petition. “If Yale Law were to erect a permanent tribute to Dr. Ford it would serve to remind students that the way we practice law and the laws we enact need to better serve all people.”
Students at Yale Law, Kavanaugh’s alma mater, have been outspoken in support of Dr. Ford. On September 24, students held a sit-in inside the Sterling Building calling for an investigation into the sexual misconduct of Judge Kavanaugh alleged through Dr. Ford’s testimony.
Dean Gerken supported the students that day, issuing the following statement supporting the need for an investigation.
“Today our students, staff, and faculty are engaged in a long-standing Yale Law School tradition as they engage with the most important issues of the day. The allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are rightly causing deep concern at Yale Law School and across the country. Many of our faculty and students have taken actions to raise these concerns about the confirmation process. Fifty members of our faculty have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging the Senate to “conduct a fair and deliberate confirmation process,” and our students have organized a protest and community action that is taking place at Yale Law School and in Washington, D.C., today. Students have worked with the Law School administration and faculty so that the community can come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in our country’s history. As dean, I cannot take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system. “
The graffiti tributes have since been removed.