By Alicia Brunker
Sep 29, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

This week, emotions ran at an all-time high as people across the country watched the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. We saw a brave Christine Blasey Ford publicly tell her story of alleged sexual assault at the hands of Kavanaugh in front of the entire nation, and the Supreme Court nominee refute her claims with a series of soap opera-worthy tears, which left many outraged. 

Now, less than 24 hours after their testimonies, President Trump ordered the FBI to investigate the sexual misconduct accusations. Whether the probe will bring anything to light is unknown, but what can be guaranteed is how our voices are heard during these turbulent political times. Before the senate votes to approve or reject Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, it's time to take action. 

Below, we outline the ways you can take a stand amid the Kavanaugh controversy.    

Contact Your Local Senator

While it may be a little late to send a letter via snail mail, there's still plenty of time to call, text, tweet, or email your local representative to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. Some senators are still unsure whether they'll approve the Supreme Court nominee, and are reported to be wavering per Newsweek, so now's your chance to make a case against him. 

You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, and you'll be transferred to the correct person. Or, you can find your official's contact information with the senator index — you can also search their email addresses here, too!

With a new app, Resistbot, you are able to text the word "RESIST" to 50409, and the bot will send your message for you. 

Support the National Sexual Assault Hotline

Listening to Ford's testimony brought up a ton of emotions and painful memories for former victims of sexual misconduct. The phones at the National Sexual Assault Hotline have been ringing at an "unprecedented" rate in the wake of the trial. You can help by donating funds, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about the helpline on social media. 

The hotline is operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, aka RAINN. Every call is confidential and operators listen to survivor stories, offering advice and information on laws against sexual violence. 

Volunteer for a Voter Contact Shift

The Nov. 6th elections are just a month away, and the Democrats need to win 24 seats in order to regain control of the house. To help make this happen, the organization Move On has facilitated events where you can volunteer for a shift at a local U.S. House candidate's campaign office, speaking with voters about specific issues. This week, September 29 to Oct. 3, is about "Keep Families Together," but you can also discuss the Kavanaugh controversy as a point of persuasion. Visit Move On's website to find an event near you.