The dating app Bumble published a full-page advertisement in The New York Times to support victims of sexual assault just a day after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while she was in high school.
The female-focused dating app published the ad on Friday with the words “Believe women,” in white text on a yellow background, which is the app’s signature color. The founder and CEO of Bumble also announced that the app would donate to the Rape, Assault and Incest National Network (RAINN) to help survivors who have experienced sexual violence.
“We believe you. And we want to help. @Bumble is making a $25K donation to @RAINN today in honor of survivors of sexual violence. #BelieveWomen #BelieveSurvivors,” Whitney Wolfe tweeted on Friday.
The online dating app allows women to reach out first when connecting with others, thereby “shaking up outdated gender norms,” according to its website.
Ford testified on Thursday against the Supreme Court nominee after she alleged he groped her during a summer party in the 1980s when the two were in high school. She recalled her experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee and said she remembers Kavanaugh and one of his friends laughing at her expense.
“The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense. I was underneath one of them as they laughed, two friends having a really good time with one another,” Ford told the committee.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations during the hearing. Before the hearing, at least two other women have come forward and alleged sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.
RAINN said it received an “unprecedented” spike in phone calls through the National Sexual Assault Hotline on Thursday, claiming it saw a 147 percent increase above normal volume after millions of Americans listened to Ford’s testimony.
The organization notified users and explained that it was experiencing “unprecedented wait times,” for its online chat system on Thursday night. The organization encouraged those who are seeking help to call its hotline, 800-656-HOPE due to all of the calls.
“Hearing about sexual violence in the media and online can be very difficult for survivors and their loved ones,” RAINN said in a Twitter statement. “Remember to take care of yourself during these times.”