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Christine Blasey Ford details her sexual assault allegation in her opening statement

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accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual
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  • Christine Blasey Ford released the prepared remarks she is
    scheduled to deliver to the Senate Judiciary Committee on
    Thursday. 
  • In her opening statement, Ford describes the alleged assault
    in detail, discusses how she struggled with impact of it for
    years, and explains how she came to the decision to go public
    with her story.

Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor
who alleges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the
two were in high school, released the prepared remarks she is
scheduled to deliver to the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday. 

Ford, who first made her allegations known in a letter to
members of the Judiciary Committee, provided a detailed account
of the alleged assault, during which she says Kavanaugh pinned
her to a bed, groped her, and held his hand over her mouth as she
screamed, and described the effect the alleged attack had on her
life, how she came to the decision to make her allegations
public, and how that choice has impacted her family. 

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified.
I am here because I believe it is my civic duty,” she
wrote. 

Ford said it took her years to say anything about the
alleged assault to anyone. And she described how she struggled
with the trauma of it for years and first named Kavanaugh as her
attacker during a couples counseling session in May 2012,
detailing the incident to her therapist. 

“Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life. For a
very long time, I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone the
details,” she wrote, later adding, “I did my best to suppress
memories of the assault because recounting the details caused me
to relive the experience, and caused panic attacks and
anxiety.”

Ford said that while she confided in a few friends about
the alleged assault in the subsequent years, calling her attacker
a prominent Washington lawyer and judge, she didn’t name
Kavanaugh outside of therapy until July, when she saw media
reports that he was on Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court.
She then made the decision to contact her congresswoman’s office
and The Washington Post’s confidential tip line. 

In the weeks that followed, Ford said she “agonized daily”
over whether to go public with her allegations,
and 

revealed
the threats and harassment
she and her family have
experienced since she came forward in a Sept. 16
Post report
.

She said that while she and her family have received an
“outpouring” of support from friends, her community, and
strangers across the country, they’ve also been the targets of
“constant harassment and death threats” and “been called the most
vile and hateful names imaginable.” 

“My greatest fears have been realized – and the reality has
been far worse than what I expected,” she
wrote, 
adding that she and her family were forced out
of their Palo Alto home and have been living in “various secure
locals, with guards” for the last 10 days. 

The professor insisted that she is not motivated by political
opposition to Kavanaugh, but instead by a desire to better inform
lawmakers about a man who could serve a life term on the
country’s highest court. 

“I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn,” she
wrote. “My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts
about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that
you can take that into serious consideration as you make your
decision about how to proceed.” 

Since Ford came forward, two other women have made sexual
misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez alleges
that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her
face while the two were undergraduates at Yale University. And

Julie Swetnick
 said Kavanaugh engaged in “abusive
and physically aggressive behavior toward girls” at house parties
in high school in the early 1980s and was present when she was
“gang raped” by a group of teenage boys at one of these parties.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of the allegations. 

Read Christine Blasey Ford’s remarks in full here:

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