Indian sex assault survivor wants United States senate to reject Sessions

Testifying before the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, Los Angeles-based Amita Swadhin, founder of Mirror Memoirs, said that Sessions is not fit for the job and alleged that he is anti-women.

"Despite [Senator Sessions'] claims to be a champion for victims of violent crime, he has not been a friend to vulnerable survivors", she said. "I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse".

"I can be that person", Sessions responded.

Ms Swadhin pointed to her own experience as a victim dealing with the judicial process, explaining that she was not encouraged to seek help and healing by law enforcement. Sessions which were opposed by the NAACP, he consistently voted against the expansion of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act; he has consistently opposed safe, sane and sensible measures to stem the plague of gun violence across our country; he voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act; he has supported discriminatory requirement for photo identification when voting; and he has worked to prevent legislation which would fix and restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act among other troubling policy positions.

Rep. John Lewis is also expected to speak out against Sessions.

"I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters", Sessions said at his confirmation hearing.

"So, to watch our President-elect admit to forcibly kissing women and grabbing them by the genitals, and to hear Senator Sessions say this behaviour does not constitute sexual assault, and then to consider him leading the Department of Justice has been incredibly triggering", she rued. In 1986, a bipartisan committee blocked his nomination to be a federal judge amid allegations of racism after he called the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People "communist inspired" and "un-American".

Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, who was arrested while protesting in Sessions' office, has spoken out against the Alabama senator, focusing on his abysmal voting rights record and his xenophobic positions of Muslims.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Sen.

Nominations for attorney-general can be withdrawn by a political party or rejected by the committee.

  • Leroy Wright