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  • On November 21, Christine Blasey Ford posted
    an update to her GoFundMe page, announcing that she would no
    longer be accepting donations. 
  • Ford said that she and her family had been using the funds to
    pay for a security service, a home security system, temporary
    local housing, and housing and security in Washington, D.C. 
  • Now, she said, they are no longer accepting donations via
    GoFundMe.
  • At the time, Ford’s page has raised $647,610, exceeding
    the original goal of $150,000.
  • As her lawyers previously said, any funds not used to cover
    security costs will be donated to “organizations that
    support trauma survivors.”

It has been two months since California
professor Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, alleging that Brett Kavanaugh, then a
Supreme Court justice nominee,
sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school during
the 1980s.

In that time, Ford has continued to receive
threats.
But in a November 21 update to her GoFundMe fundraising page, Ford said
she’s optimistic that her family’s life will return to normal.

Your tremendous outpouring of support and kind letters
have made it possible for us to cope with the immeasurable
stress, particularly the disruption to our safety and privacy,”
Ford said in the update to the fundraising page. “Because of your
support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to
normal.”

Read more: Attorneys for Christine Blasey
Ford say their client is not interested in seeing Brett Kavanaugh
impeached from the Supreme Court

In her update, Ford said that she had decided to stop
accepting donations to her GoFundMe. At the time, Ford’s page has
raised $647,610, exceeding the original goal of
$150,000.

“The funds you have sent through GoFundMe have been a
godsend,” she wrote. “Your donations have allowed us to take
reasonable steps to protect ourselves against frightening
threats, including physical protection and security for me and my
family, and to enhance the security for our home.”

Ford said that she and her family had been using the funds to pay
for a security service since September 19, a home security
system, temporary local
housing, and housing and security in Washington,
D.C. 

She said that any leftover funds
will be donated to “organizations that support trauma
survivors,” as lawyers representing her have
previously said in a statement
. Ford wrote that she is still
determining where to donate the funds at the time, but will
announce the decision on her GoFundMe
page once has been
reached.

Although coming forward was
terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to
have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” she wrote.
“Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have
written me to share similar life experiences, and now have
bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for
the first time.”

If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can
visit RAINN
or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to
receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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