A note signed by 1,600 men in support of Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford. PHOTO CREDIT: Max Benwell for the Guardian
Yesterday, the nation watched as psychology professor, Dr. Christine Ford, took the stand and testified publicly about being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. It was a gripping account that detailed the evening in question when Ford was just 15 years old and attended a high school party with Kavanaugh.
"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense."
Leahy: "You've never forgotten that laughter?"
Dr. Ford shakes her head. (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/lUp9cS0QH6
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 27, 2018
While Ford did not remember all of the details, and was upfront about that, she vividly could identify Kavanaugh as this experience caused significant trauma in her life. She kept quiet for so many years, ashamed of what had happened when she was young. Recently, Dr. Ford felt it was her civic duty to let the Senate committee know that the President’s nominee for the next Supreme Court Justice had committed sexual assault.
It was an incredibly courageous act to come forward and pursue this testimony. Ford has received countless death threats for going public with her accusation. The New York Times published an ad with 1,600 signatures of men who support the #MeToo movement and pledged their belief in Dr. Ford. It echoes a historical ad from the 90s when Anita Hill came forward to accuse Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.