Tell the Senate: Treat Christine Blasey Ford with respect
On Sunday, she bravely told her story of being physically and sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh. She did so knowing what happened to Anita Hill when she made similar accusations against Clarence Thomas. She did so knowing that right-wing media would attack her. She did so knowing that her life might never be the same.
Survivors don't owe us their stories, and Blasey Ford attempted to keep hers confidential. Now that she has gone public, and is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, all of us who believe her must have her back in every way we can. That includes demanding that every senator treat her, and any other survivors, with respect, compassion and dignity - and holding them accountable if they don't.
Now right-wing media is racing to denigrate and discredit Blasey Ford's story, undermine her credibility and punish her for speaking out.
The Wall Street Journal's editorial board called the allegations a "calculated political ambush" and said Republicans should proceed in confirming him.3 Sen. Orrin Hatch said yesterday that Kavanaugh was “honest” and “straightforward” and that Blasey Ford could be “mixed up.”4 Sen. Susan Collins, who has been desperately trying to find a way to vote yes on Kavanaugh while maintaining her pro-choice credentials, tried to impugn the timing of the allegations, restated Kavanaugh's denials and demanded that both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The committee hearing has now been scheduled for Monday. These kinds of public investigations are systemically stacked against survivors.