“Thousands of people who have had their lives dramatically altered by sexual violence have reached out to share their experience…and have thanked me for coming forward.”
Why Dr. Ford?
On 27th September 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee with allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Stating that a 17-year-old Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982, when she was aged only 15, Dr. Ford’s testimony led to two more survivors coming forward with allegations against Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Dr. Ford’s story and testimony led to an onslaught of death threats made against herself and her family; protests against Kavanaugh’s nomination; and mass sit-ins at major U.S. justice halls.
She was further forced to bear what many women’s rights groups deemed a series of humiliating questions by a majority male-panel. But despite having to publicly re-live the obvious lifelong traumas of the incident in question in great detail, Dr. Blasey refused to back down and continued with her testimonials.
“I am here today not because I want to be: I am terrified.
But because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me…”
Despite her emotional testimony and subsequent mass public outrage at Kavanaugh’s nomination, Kavanaugh denied the allegations and was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice on 6th October 2018.
We hope Dr. Ford realises the extensive impact she has had on women survivors around the world. Her courage and determination to speak her truth against a member of one of the most powerful establishments of the U.S. justice system, helped highlight to a global audience the ongoing injustices, abuse and culture of disbelief all women face when speaking up against sexual violence.
We will remain forever grateful to Dr. Ford for her bravery,
and stand with all survivors of sexual assault. #IBelieveHer