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Why Christine Blasey Ford says she came forward with Brett Kavanaugh allegations

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Christine Blasey Ford testimony
Christine
Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary
Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill
September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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  • Christine Blasey Ford said she decided to come forward and
    reveal herself as the author of a letter with sexual assault
    allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh
    because reporters were sitting outside of her house. 
  • “Reporters were sitting outside of my home and trying to talk
    to my dog through the window to calm the dog down,” Ford said
    while
    testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Ford in her opening statement said she was “terrified” to be
    speaking publicly about the allegation but felt it was her “civic
    duty.”

Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday said she decided to come
forward and reveal herself as the author of a letter with sexual
assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett
Kavanaugh because reporters were sitting outside of her house and
showing up in the classroom where she teaches.

As Ford was testifying on the alleged assault before the Senate
Judiciary Committee, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the
ranking member on the committee, asked how she decided to come
forward.

“Ultimately, because reporters were sitting outside of my home
and trying to talk to my dog through the window to calm the dog
down. And a reporter appeared in my graduate classroom and I
mistook her for a student, and she came up to ask me a question.
… At that point I felt like enough was enough,” Ford said.

She said her colleagues at Stanford University were getting
contacted about the allegations and that “clearly” people knew
her address since they were sitting outside of her home. 

“The mounting pressure seemed like it was just time to say what I
needed to say,” Ford added. 

Ford had wanted to remain anonymous, something she made clear
during her opening statement. 

“I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty
to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were
in high school,” Ford said. 

As prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, to whom many Republican
senators deferred their questions, began questioning Ford, she
apologized to the California professor. 

“The first thing that struck me from your statement this
morning is that you’re terrified, and I’m very sorry,” Mitchell
said. 

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