Like many, I’ve been following the Dr. Christine Ford Senate Judiciary Hearing closely. My heart is heavy, anxiety makes my insides burn and my eyes water. I’m scared, I’m outraged, I’m frustrated, I’m sad, I’m frankly sick that as a society we continue to blame sexual assault victims for not acting the way we “think” they should. I support Dr. Ford and am grateful for her bravery and the strength she clearly embodies: disclosing what happened to her by Kavanaugh and agreeing to enter a lions den of old, conservative men who will likely judge her, demean her, question her integrity, and suggest she is a liar.
I feel for Dr. Christine Ford and what she and her family are going through. I have so many emotions I can’t process. I know I’m not alone in that. I’m discouraged, yet hopeful that there are enough people in this county that will demand fairness and support women during this time. I’m thinking of those who have experienced sexual assault and trauma in their life and who are reminded of that experience through this hearing. I’ve watched Anita Hill’s testimony several times. It makes me cry every time. She bared all. She was the victim of an abuse of power and a total disregard of consent. And he won. I know all too well what it’s like to have a male coworker - a superior- say inappropriate things and the feeling of totally shock that overwhelmed me; I was frozen and unable to process what was done to me. Because I was scared of what would happen if I spoke up. Magnify that times 1,000 and it may slightly compare to what Anita Hill went through and what Dr. Ford will experience next week.
On Monday, thousands will walk out to show solidarity with Dr. Ford. This is good trouble: a perfect representation of when we must organize and create #goodtrouble
to protect women and hold men accountable for their actions. What we are asking for is not radical. This is a basic, human right. To feel safe and protected by those who have made it their responsibility to do just that for our nation.
These are my feelings and my opinions. All I know is that I can’t let this go and these feelings will not just go away. #stopkavanaugh #dearprofessorford