Christine Blasey Ford has been very quiet since her stirring and impressive testimony in front of the Senate Judicial Committee this past September as she tried to save America from itself. With a Republican-controlled Senate focused on flexing its power come hell or high water, it didn’t matter that the man she accused, Brett Kavanaugh, had already lied—under oath—about almost everything he had been asked. She spoke in front of a belligerent and immoral group of white male Republicans headed by the cruel and politically impotent Sen. Chuck Grassley, faced death threats, and spoke her truth. For her troubles she was mocked by the assaulter in chief Donald Trump, she was ignored by Republican senators, and she had to spend thousands of dollars on security for herself and her family. A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Ford with the costs of the security she now needed. A few days ago, she went to her GoFundMe page to give an update.
Words are not adequate to thank all of you who supported me since I came forward to tell the Senate that I had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh. 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. Because of your support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to normal.
The funds you have sent through GoFundMe have been a godsend. Your donations have allowed us to take reasonable steps to protect ourselves against frightening threats, including physical protection and security for me and my family, and to enhance the security for our home. We used your generous contributions to pay for a security service, which began on September 19 and has recently begun to taper off; a home security system; housing and security costs incurred in Washington DC, and local housing for part of the time we have been displaced. Part of the time we have been able to stay with our security team in a residence generously loaned to us.
With immense gratitude, I am closing this account to further contributions. All funds unused after completion of security expenditures will be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors. I am currently researching organizations where the funds can best be used. We will use this space to let you know when that process is complete.
Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty. 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.
I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually. Thank you.
Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court, but he has a historically ugly stain on his seat. Every decision he makes, any dissent or opinion he writes will face the scrutiny brought about by his exposed failures as a man. That stain was righteously exposed for the world to see by Christine Blasey Ford.