Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school — is getting a wave of support from her classmates.
On Monday, the day after Dr. Blasey Ford went public with her allegations against the Supreme Court nominee in an interview with The Washington Post, more than 200 of her classmates at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland issued a letter of support, saying they believed her and that her story deserved to be heard.
“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court,” the letter read. “Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.”
“Holton’s motto teaches students to ‘find a way or make one.’ We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault and sexual violence,” the letter continued. “We hold deep gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.”
Brett Kavanaugh is accused of attempting to rape Dr. Blasey Ford when the two were high school students at a house party in 1982. Kavanaugh allegedly held his hand over Ford’s mouth while his friend, Mark Judge, turned up the music so other people at the party wouldn’t hear screaming.
“He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing,” Ford told The Washington Post. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”
Ford eventually released herself from Kavanaugh and fled the party shortly afterward. Kavanaugh has issued two separate statements saying the allegations were false.
On Sunday, the Post reported that Christine Blasey Ford kept quiet about the alleged sexual assault until 2012, when she talked about it in a couples’ therapy session with her husband, Russell Ford. Washington, DC-based Attorney Debra Katz provided the Post with results of a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent showing that Blasey Ford was being truthful in her allegations.
Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Blasey Ford’s classmates.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.