Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, is reportedly still facing persistent harassment from conservative critics who believe she fabricated her claims in a bid for attention. Last month, Ford revealed that she had been forced to move four times and to hire a private security detail amid threats against her and her family.
Despite the claims of her critics, her lawyers said, her only current goal is to return to her work at Palo Alto University — not to profit off her experience in any way, whether by writing a book or otherwise. Since she testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee in late September, Ford hasn’t been allowed to resume her duties as a professor. Representatives for Palo Alto University have yet to comment on whether there was a timeline set for her return.
As Ford struggles to return to her normal life, the professor is facing further criticism from observers who questioned what she plans to do with more than $800,000 she raised on GoFundMe during her Senate testimony. She and her husband, noted Real Clear Investigations writer Paul Sperry, already own millions of dollars in real estate.
“It does make me a little uncomfortable to watch more than 13,000 people give money to an already-wealthy woman for unspecified expenses related to a sexual assault accusation when so many other survivors are trying to get by with far greater need and far less social, institutional, and financial support,” wrote reporter Christina Cauterucci in an article for Slate.
According to Ford’s lawyers, the funds “have been used exclusively for necessary costs of physical security and housing occasioned by coming forward about her sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh,” and any money left unused will be donated to “organizations that support trauma survivors.”
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