Eleven days after stepping forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, after receiving death threats and being forced to relocate from her home, having her email hacked and her life laid bare for the public to interrogate and scrutinize, Dr Christine Blasey Ford walked in to Dirksen Senate Office Building 226 prepared to relive a moment that she said “drastically altered” her life.
The cramped room, limited to a handful of invited guests, including the actor and activist Alyssa Milano and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, fell into an anxious silence as Ford raised her right hand and swore to tell the “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”.
She didn’t want to be there, she told members of the Senate judiciary committee in her first public comments. She was terrified, she said. She came, she said, because it was her “civic duty” to share her story about the “boy who sexually assaulted me” – a man she identified with “100%” certainty as Donald Trump’s second supreme court nominee. Kavanaugh, who testified after her, has forcefully denied the allegation.
“I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to,” Ford said, her voice wavering with emotion as she delivered her remarks. “But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget.”
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