‘Civic duty’

Christine Blasey Ford says coming forward against Brett Kavanagh was ‘terrifying’ but necessary

Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS)

Nearly two months on from the tumultuous and controversial confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford says that she is glad to have fulfilled her “civic duty” by coming forward to accuse the judge of sexually assaulting her — even if the experience was “terrifying” and led to serious repercussions for herself and her family. Blasey Ford, who has largely kept out of the public eye since she testified before the Senate Judiciary committee that Kavanaugh had covered her mouth and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s, issued a rare statement to supporters in an update to the GoFundMe page set up for her family last week.

“Your tremendous outpouring of support and kind letters have made it possible for us to cope with the immeasurable stress, particularly the disruption to our safety and privacy,” she wrote. “Because of your support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to normal.”

In the statement, Blasey Ford also announced that the family was no longer accepting donations after he GoFundMe accrued nearly $650,000 in donations over the past two months. Blasey Ford, who has been forced to move with her family at least four times since coming forward due to harassment and death threats from Kavanaugh supporters, said that the money sent by supporters would be used to cover the expense of the moves and security costs for the family, with all unused funds to be “donated to organizations that support trauma survivors.”

“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” she continued. “Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support.”

Read the full story at The Cut.

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