It’s unbelievable that it’s just been two months since the combative Senate confirmation hearings for now Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yet, for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified about her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh as a teenager, those two months have mostly felt like a lifetime.
Blasey Ford said that in early October, she and her family had already been forced to move four times as a result of ongoing threats. And last week (per The Cut), she updated supporters through a message on a GoFundMe page set up to help defray costs recieved due to her testimony and the following security concerns.
Blasey Ford wrote “Words are not adequate to thank all of you who supported me since I came forward to tell the Senate that I had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, “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. Because of your support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to normal.”
She went on to describe the donations “a godsend” that have enabled her family to tighten security “to protect ourselves against frightening threats.” Those security measures also include physical protection, added features to their home, and housing while they were displaced.
The GoFundMe has raised almost $650,000, but now Blasey Ford is closing it to donations. she says “With immense gratitude, I am closing this account to further contributions, “All funds unused after completion of security expenditures will be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors. I am currently researching organizations where the funds can best be used. We will use this space to let you know when that process is complete.”
Despite all that has come with it, Blasey Ford is firm in her belief that she needed to do her civic duty in coming forward about Kavanaugh. (He has always vehemently denied the allegations.)
She concludes “Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty, “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. I send you my heartfelt love and support.”