Today Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is giving her testimony to the Senate about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulting her in high school.
Her testimony and opening statement were powerful and resonated with lots of women and sexual assault survivors.
In front of the panel, she recounted her assault from Kavanaugh and friend Mark Judge. At a party in high school the two pushed her into a room, Kavanaugh allegedly groped her and attempted to assault her further. She went into detail about the assault and what she does and doesn’t remember from that night.
Many women are feeling for Dr. Ford and having to relive her assault.
I know I'm not the only woman here thinking about how terrifying it would be to consider how to do your hair and what to wear and how to set your face while a congressional committee attempts to undercut your memory of a defining experience of your life
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) September 27, 2018
She’s effectively on trial here for having been assaulted, and she’s being so nice to everyone about it, and it’s smashing my heart to smithereens.
— Lauren Kelley (@lauren_kelley) September 27, 2018
Getting messages from sexual assault survivors I've interviewed. "I've been bawling." "I can't believe this." "My body is on fire." The effect of a hearing like this on women's psyches cannot be overstated
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) September 27, 2018
Ford is your perfect victim. She was young and sober when it happened, white, smart, established, educated. If people don’t believe her, I feel so despairing for the rest of us who don’t have “believable” stories.
— Scaachi (@Scaachi) September 27, 2018
Even if you've never experienced what Ford went through, every woman knows what it's like to have men laugh at your expense. This whole thing is chilling. #KavanaughHearings
— Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) September 27, 2018
“With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?”
— me too. (@MeTooMVMT) September 27, 2018
What we are all watching today is, no doubt, paradigm shifting. This moment in our history is changing hearts and minds. This story has the power to expose and disrupt how we have all normalized rape culture. #IBelieveChristineBlaseyFord
— Elaine Welteroth (@ElaineWelteroth) September 27, 2018
Every time stuff like this happens, I think about all my guy friends who have been complicit in this system by brushing off the valid complaints and concerns of their female friends with, “oh that’s just how he is.” “He had a bad night” etc
Trust me, we never forget that.
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) September 27, 2018
Love and solidarity with survivors who work in media and are dealing with this every day, and who can't "just turn off the news" or "log off" to escape it. There's no escape.
— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) September 26, 2018
The testimony is a lot to take in especially if you’re a survivor of assault. People are tweeting how you can deal with today and what you can do instead of keeping up with the Kavanaugh trial. If it’s too much, watch a show that makes you happy, cook, co a craft, go for a walk or call a friend.
If you can’t with the Internet today, that’s OK.
Here are some things to do instead : Watch Bobs Bugers, have a walk, listen to ocean sounds, watch old Destiny’s Child’s videos, listen to a Tara Brach podcast, plan a dinner party with friends <33333
— Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe) September 27, 2018
Since Dr. Ford’s accusations, multiple other women have come forward saying Kavanaugh also assaulted them.
It’s an emotional day so take care of yourself.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).