Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is still receiving death threats and has not been able to return to work.

By | 2018-11-09T06:29:44+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

Not fair that Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment, and the victim of his assault gets vilified for life.

Courtesy of Vox:

More than a month after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford is still getting death threats.

Ford told the committee that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in the 1980s. Now, her lawyers said in a statement to NPR on Thursday, “Justice Kavanaugh ascended to the Supreme Court, but the threats to Dr. Ford continue.”

Because of the abuse she’s receiving, Ford has had to move four times. She can’t go to work as a professor at Palo Alto University, and it’s unclear when she’ll be able to return, according to NPR. She needs a private security detail.

Like so much about the hearings and their aftermath, the threats send a message to survivors, especially if they are women: If you speak up, you will be punished. It’s an old message, but one that’s just as powerful in the #MeToo era as it was for years before. The only thing more powerful might be the voices of survivors themselves.

The threats are just one way Ford was made to suffer for coming forward with her allegation against Kavanaugh. She had to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing that pitted her against Kavanaugh with no additional witnesses or FBI investigation — and the investigation that followed the hearing was so limited in scope that it was essentially doomed from the beginning. She was mocked by the president in front of an audience of thousands. Before, during, and after the hearing, Senate Republicans essentially erased Ford, spinning her allegations as a plot by Democrats.

Before going public with her allegations, Ford said she asked herself, “Why suffer through the annihilation if it’s not going to matter?”

The question has become famous, in part because it was so prescient — in many ways, Ford was annihilated, and in many ways, it didn’t matter.

The next time some asshole asks why a woman did not come forward about her sexual assault, I think this example of what happened to Christine Blasey Ford should be our go-to response. 

This has been happening to women for literally thousands of years, and it continues to happen today even in the shadow of the #MeToo movement. 

I think we are making progress, but it is by no means happening quickly enough.  

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15 Comments

  1. Anon November 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply
  2. Anon November 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Neither of the Trumps give a damn about terrifying anyone, They like Kavanaugh, Blasey-Ford was believable for a day or so.
    All that matters to them are the people they believe in.
    .
    Look what they did to the previous First Lady and her family? If people don’t get it and they don’t behave according to the Trump family, it is peril to the people
    Neither one of the Trumps are about to change their ways.

  3. Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Must be some kind of threats to keep her so terrified. As a woman, I’d give a big EFF YOU and go about my business.
    You have to be strong enough to move on.

    • Gryphen November 9, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Seriously?

      You do remember the mail bombs, the shooting in the synagogue, and the murder of those journalists, right?

      There is courage, and then there is stupidity, do not get the two confused.

      • Anonymous. November 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        Yes, sir, I do, but you know what, Gryph?
        “Real power is fear.” That’s where we’re headed.
        Are you going to stay in your house all day? No one will EVER dictate my life like that, and they shouldn’t yours either.

      • Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

        This is why women are being elected in record numbers.

        • Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

          “the victim of his assault”

          Uhhh… this claim (at best) has zero proof backing it.

          The Democrats kept this to themselves to use it as a last ditch effort to smear this Justice with no evidence.

          Fail.

          • Anonymous November 13, 2018 at 3:05 pm

            Hi, Ivan. How’s the weather in Moscow?

    • Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      After Sarah Palin riled up her crowds the violent threats increased. McCain played a good guy but he didn’t do much to counter what she was doing.

      • Anonymous November 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        No he did not, but did she love being the catalyst for what we see now and still does.
        In the name of her “god” Old Testament. She wouldn’t know Jesus if He came to earth and slapped her upside the head.
        NO one looks to her anymore for guidance because she’s effing stoopid with a family to match.

    • anon November 10, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

      i think it is too easy to say that when there is no imminent threat — but we don’t dictate how our bodies react to extreme danger – our brains may say one thing, but adrenaline and our bodies may say something totally different. Yes there may be scenarios where your reaction would be simple and effective — but in other more serious life or death scenarios, i don’t think flipping someone off is even on the table — there are survival mechanisms that kick in.

      in other words, claiming a victim should have done a particular thing in a particular moment is (a) victim blaming, (b) not helpful, and (c) not realistic.

  4. puck November 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    $arah. 3 words. borderline personality disorder.

  5. po November 10, 2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Sarah = faulty software.
    She needs a full reboot. Just look at her kids, she downloaded them with trash that the nervous system is not built to process. One son is practically a murderer, one daughter is a christless drunken slut, all of them are instagram addicts. Not one of them is in accord with nature. They all “have” an exoteric separate sky god.

  6. Anonymous November 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    The GOP is responsible for the threats, they should pay for her security.

  7. Anonymous November 11, 2018 at 1:01 am - Reply

    This ^ is why I have no sympathy for Bitch McConnell, Ted Cruz or even Tucker Carlson.

    Ford isn’t an elected official or media celebrity. She didn’t make public policy or promote hate speech.

    As long as her family is in danger and she can’t return home or to her job…. no sympathy to those that are responsible for the divisive hatred that is endangering her life and her family.

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