Liberty sends 300 students to DC to support Kavanaugh

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — UPDATE (11:27 a.m.):

Miranda Greear of Roanoke, Va., is among the hundreds of people who have gathered on Capitol Hill to make their voices heard during Thursday's historic Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Greear says she wants to show support for survivors of sexual assault.

She says that for years, women have been told they shouldn't share their stories and that what happened was their fault. She says, "I'm done living in a world where women are not believed."

Supporters of Brett Kavanaugh are also in the crowd. A Maryland woman, Karen, is wearing a shirt that says "Women for Kavanaugh." She declined to give her last name because "anybody who gives their last name in this environment is risking harm to themselves."

Karen says "I think if these allegations were true, it would not have taken 35 years for them to be known."

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Several hundred Liberty University students are planning to travel to Washington to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The News & Advance reports Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. made the announcement at Wednesday morning's convocation.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago, allegations he has denied. On Thursday, both Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, are to testify before a Senate committee.

Falwell noted that students from Kavanaugh's alma mater, Yale University, would be at the Capitol to protest.

He told students if they want to be excused from classes Thursday to go to Washington, "counter what the Yale students are doing" and support Kavanaugh, there were 300 spots available.

Falwell was an early, ardent supporter of President Donald Trump.