Just as Christine Blasey Ford anticipated, her alleged abuser Brett Kavanaugh became an associate Supreme Court justice and her family’s life continues to be upended by his defenders.
One of Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz, told NBC on Sunday that “unending” death threats are still being hurled her way, and her family won’t be able to live in their Palo Alto home for “quite some time.” Ford’s testimony that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, and tried to take her clothes off when she was 15 years old gripped the country in September — leading to some malicious reactions.
“I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable,” Ford said in her opening statement to the Senate on Sept. 26. “These messages, while far fewer than the expressions of support, have been terrifying to receive and have rocked me to my core.”
Ford attempted to avoid publicizing her name for this very reason, even as she alerted Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose office passed her statements to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. As her name leaked from the Senate to inquiring reporters, she came forward despite anticipating that Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination would be successful.
Republican leaders and Fox News pundits acknowledged a quiet, polite Ford as a compelling and credible witness while Kavanaugh and Sen. Lindsey Graham turned to blustery anger. Though his defenders lamented that the 53-year-old’s future was ruined, the Senate ultimately gave Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the highest court over the weekend.
Ford’s friends and neighbors in the Bay Area set up a GoFundMe account, which has now raised nearly $600,000. In an Oct. 3 message for the fundraiser, the psychology professor said her family has had to move four times, but the donations help pay for security, housing, and transportation costs that allow her family stay together and feel safe.
“I feel like all of you who have made a contribution are on this journey with me, which is very heartening.,” Ford wrote. “I believed and still believe that it was my civic duty to come forward, but this is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, much harder even than I thought it would be.”