The day before her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford released the text of her opening statement. In it, Ford describes the night she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her with the assistance of his close friend Mark Judge. Ford went on to enunciate on the trauma she suffered in the decades since. The account is straightforward, detailed, and devastating to read.
She said of the assault, “I believed [Kavanaugh] was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
After coming forward with her allegation, Ford said in her statement, “My greatest fears have been realized, and the reality has been far worse than what I expected. Apart from the assault itself, these last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life.”
As the matter continues to unfold, it remains unsure if the testimony is enough to deny Kavanaugh of the Supreme Court Justice, but one thing is for sure, Ford is standing strong.