While Brett Kavanaugh enjoys his new perch atop the Supreme Court with a lifetime appointment, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a woman he allegedly assaulted and who dared to tell her story to the Senate Judiciary Committee out of her sense of civic duty, continues to receive death threats.
NPR reports that Ford’s life has been completely upended: she hasn’t been able to return to her position as a professor at Palo Alto University; she has to pay for a private security detail; and she’s also had to move “four times,” according to a note she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
The page has generated $635,561, well beyond its goal of $150,000, which pay for the costs of “security, housing, transportation and other related expenses,” Ford wrote on the page.
“Justice Kavanaugh ascended to the Supreme Court, but the threats to Dr. Ford continue,” said Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich, in a statement to NPR. “Dr. Ford’s current focus is solely on recovering from the experience and returning to her job responsibilities—not on writing a book.”
Ford has been enduring harassment ever since she came forward publicly in the The Washington Post in September. In her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that month, Ford said: “My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats. I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable... People have posted my personal information on the internet. This has resulted in additional emails, calls, and threats. My family and I were forced to move out of our home.”
“Apart from the assault itself, these last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life,” she said. “I have had to relive my trauma in front of the entire world, and have seen my life picked apart by people on television, in the media, and in this body who have never met me or spoken with me.”
Since the hearings, Kavanaugh has become one of the most powerful men in the country, while Blasey Ford tries to pick up the pieces.