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Christine Blasey Ford to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Blasey Ford to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Women’s rights groups, advocate Gloria Steinem sign letter in support of Amber Heard

When Christine Blasey Ford took the stand Monday to tell her story of sexual assault in the 1980’s against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, most of the nation sat in silence.

The woman who claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party more than 35 years ago said she wants to testify publicly because she believes the country is ready for a woman to step up and tell her story, saying her “reactions to Kavanaugh’s nomination should not deter her.”

Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee is one of the most powerful moments in modern America.

“I am here today because I care about the rights of all women,” she said.

She says Kavanaugh and his legal team have shown her he “does not have my best interests at heart.”

“My sexual assault happened 35 years ago, and I am still trying to find my voice today to speak on behalf of all survivors,” Blasey Ford said. “As a survivor and a woman, I cannot be silent anymore.”

“Because of what I’ve endured, I want to be heard by the Senate,” she continued. “I am proud to stand before you today, as this committee has invited all survivors to come forward, to tell their stories in hopes of helping to change the culture that enables this kind of behavior.”

Amber Heard, who represents the only woman who knew Blasey Ford, and is Kavanaugh’s long-time friend, is also set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Amber and I have known each other since we were young girls, and are the closest of friends,” Christine Blasey Ford told The Hill in an emailed statement. “We are one in the eyes of God, and we will stand together.”

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2005 by a vote of 50-48. After the hearing, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein alleged that the woman she claims to have been assaulted by Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, had “falsely accused someone” and “false

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