“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
After months of silence, widely published Christine Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University who teaches with Stanford University, has come forward, and she comes having passed an FBI-administrated lie detector test to boot.
She is the alleged victim in the Kavanaugh sexual assault story. She has finally decided to come forward because her privacy is being invaded even though she had decided not to come forward. After being hounded by reporters, she told the Washington Post, “These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid. Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”
In her story, Ford says Kavanaugh, who is being considered for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, held his hand over her mouth as she screamed to silence her protests.
Why did Senator Feinstein hold on to her letter? Because she had asked to remain private. Her lawyer told the Post Feinstein honored Ford’s request, but “regrettably others did not.”
Ford told the Post that in the early 1980s, “left the family room to use the bathroom, which was at the top of a narrow stairway. She doesn’t remember whether Kavanaugh and Judge (Kavanaugh‘s drinking buddy and now Daily Caller writer who has written a book about recovering from alcoholism) were behind her or already upstairs, but she remembers being pushed into a bedroom and then onto a bed. Rock-and-roll music was playing with the volume turned up high.”
“She alleges that Kavanaugh — who played football and basketball at Georgetown Prep — held her down with the weight of his body and fumbled with her clothes, seemingly hindered by his intoxication. Judge stood across the room, she said, and both boys were laughing “maniacally.” She said she yelled, hoping that someone downstairs would hear her over the music, and Kavanaugh clapped his hand over her mouth to silence her.”
“While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.”
She told no one about this until 2012, when she told a therapist while in counseling with her husband. The therapist’s notes were obtained by the Post and confirm her mention of this event, but do not mention the Judge by name. Individual therapy notes confirm treatment for effects from what she called a “rape attack.”
Her husband, Russell Ford, confirmed this as well and said that his wife used Kavanaugh‘s last name and expressed concern over the possibility that he might be nominated to the Supreme Court one day.
Ford is a registered Democrat according to the Post, and she first contacted them on this matter in July, although she wanted her story to be kept confidential at the time.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to when he was a high school student. A senior Republican senator said there was no reason to delay his confirmation to the court.
However, the only reasonable reaction to allegations backed up by a lie detector test and two different therapy session notes is to investigate. Republicans owe women that much. Women are already dealing with a self-confessed sexual assaulter in the White House; they deserve better on the Supreme Court.
A Judge is supposed to uphold the law, not break it. How can Republicans call themselves the law and order party when over and over again, they make it clear that they won’t hold their own party to the law. This kind of behavior shouldn’t be rewarded.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
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