Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual harassment, just received some good news in wake of his confirmation.
Of course, if her allegations are true, there’s nothing that can truly heal the wounds of sexual harassment, but every bit of good news helps, especially news that empowers victims and sheds light on sexual abuses.
And that’s exactly why we’re happy for Dr. Blasey Ford. She has been nominated for a “distinguished alumna” award at her Alma Mater University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
UNC Chapel Hill professor Jennifer Ho said in a letter she didn’t nominate Ford because of “partisan politics,” but instead because “it is about realizing 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 said in the letter. “That many indignities that women experience in their day-to-day lives is proof to this, as is the continued attacks on Dr. Blasey Ford after her testimony.”
Ford’s lawyers said on Sunday that she was getting “unending” death threats and has been unable to return home since the testimony.
Ho continued in her letter: “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.”
Ho said she wants UNC Chapel Hill to recognize Ford to send a message “to her, to our students, faculty, and staff, and to the larger community of US and the world that we believe her — that UNC Chapel Hill believes survivors of sexual assault — and that we recognize the inordinate amount of courage it took for her to take the moral and ethical stand that she did in testifying about her sexual assault experience in front of the world.”
Ho has set up a form so that supporters of the nomination associated with the university can sign. The professor will submit the signatures to the university on Oct. 14.
Christine Blasey Ford earned her Bachelor’s in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 1988.