Abuse Victims Blast Senator Heitkamp for Exploiting Them in Attack Ad

This week, two Democrat senators imploded. 

Elizabeth Warren's implosion was more high profile. Heidi Heitkamp's implosion was more of a slow burn. Until this happened.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) on Tuesday apologized after her campaign publicly disclosed the names of women identified as "survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or rape," saying she was in the process of "personally apologizing to each of the people impacted" by her newspaper advertisement.

The ad, which was paid for by Heitkamp's campaign, ran in the Bismarck Tribune on Saturday and included the names of dozens of alleged abuse survivors. The open letter to her Republican election opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), purports that some of his recent statements about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment were insensitive. However, at least four women listed in the ad say they did not give consent for their names to be published, according to the blog Say Anything.

And they're justifiably angry. 

One of the women, Kady Miller of Bismarck, wrote on Facebook that "a lot of these people listed, including me, did not give anyone permission for our names to be posted."

"I don’t even support Heidi Heitkamp and I am not a domestic abuse survivor," she continued.

"You should be ashamed of yourself no matter how just or heroic you think you were being. I never gave my consent or permission, written or verbal, to involved in anything like this," another woman wrote. "I am sick to my stomach at the thought that not only myself, but so many others were taken advantage of in more than one way or another for some politically corrupt and false agenda."

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