Courtesy of The Hill:
Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were in high school, has been nominated for a Distinguished Alumna award at her alma mater.
Ford was nominated for the award by a professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned an undergraduate degree in experimental psychology in 1988.
In a letter obtained by The Hill, Jennifer Ho, a professor in the university’s Department of English and Comparative Literature, said Ford did “something that was extraordinary” earlier this year when “she told the truth about a sexual assault she experienced when she was fifteen years old at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”
Ho dismissed the notion that her nomination of Ford is “about partisan politics” but said it was more about “recognizing that the simple act of speaking one’s truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery.”
“We live in a society that does not believe women,” Ho writes. “The many indignities that women experience in their day-to-day lives is proof of this, as is the continued attacks on Dr. Blasey Ford after her testimony. We know that people who are survivors of sexual assault do not experience justice for their trauma; we know that many of them choose not to report to the police and choose not to reveal their assault out of fear that they will not be believed.”
I am going to predict that this is only the first of a number of awards and honors that will be bestowed on Dr. Ford.
I think what she did is going to have a profound and long-lasting effect, that we may not understand for months of even years to come.
Her courage has been an inspiration to women and men everywhere.
Especially those who have been living with the secret shame of sexual abuse.