Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to donate what’s left of her GoFundMe account

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford And Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Testify To Senate Judiciary Committee
It’s been about two months since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that then Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her as a teen. It feels like it hasn’t been that long and yet it was a lifetime ago, as time has become fluid in this new dystopian reality. Dr. Ford was a compelling and credible witness who started a worldwide conversation about trauma and sexual assault. She also moved so many people to open up about their own assaults and abuse they’d kept secret from their loved ones. Like so many others perceived as a threat to the Trump administration’s horrible agenda, Dr. Ford received credible death threats. She wasn’t able to teach this fall at Stanford and she had to hire a security team and move at least four times for her safety. Almost $650,000 has been collected on a GoFundMe page to help defray the personal cost to Dr. Ford for testifying against Kavanaugh. She has released a statement that she’s grateful for the help, that she’s thankful for all the letters of support she’s received, and that she’s donating the remainder of the money to survivor’s groups.

Words are not adequate to thank all of you who supported me since I came forward to tell the Senate that I had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh. Your tremendous outpouring of support and kind letters have made it possible for us to cope with the immeasurable stress, particularly the disruption to our safety and privacy. Because of your support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to normal.

The funds you have sent through GoFundMe have been a godsend. Your donations have allowed us to take reasonable steps to protect ourselves against frightening threats, including physical protection and security for me and my family, and to enhance the security for our home. We used your generous contributions to pay for a security service, which began on September 19 and has recently begun to taper off; a home security system; housing and security costs incurred in Washington DC, and local housing for part of the time we have been displaced. Part of the time we have been able to stay with our security team in a residence generously loaned to us.

With immense gratitude, I am closing this account to further contributions. All funds unused after completion of security expenditures will be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors. I am currently researching organizations where the funds can best be used. We will use this space to let you know when that process is complete.

Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty. Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support.

I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually. Thank you.

[From GoFundMe]

Honestly I wrote a postcard to Dr. Ford but I never sent it. I thanked her for her testimony and for helping me. It just was nice to write it, I didn’t need to send it. I remain so impressed with how Dr. Ford stepped forward, how she handled herself, and how thoughtfully she’s responded. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wrote a book or did interviews at some point or if she just chose to step back and return to her job if possible. Whatever she does, history will remember her and so many people will be grateful to her. The charities she helps will be able to do good work thanks to her donations too.

Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Presentation

Professor Christine Blasey Ford testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for nominee Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

photos credit: Avalon.red and Backgrid

Related stories

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

30 Responses to “Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to donate what’s left of her GoFundMe account”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Patty says:

    Shallow note: she has awesome hair.

  2. Becca says:

    Yes. Shallow.

    • Patty says:

      Well I for one think she has amazing hair. Not everything needs to be serious all the time. Now we can’t even compliment a feature that we like? Okay.

  3. Keira says:

    I’m so glad folks were able to help her with those expenses. I sent her a card with my heartfelt thanks for what she did.

    • Snowflake says:

      Where did you send it to? I wouldn’t mind sending one to her but i figured her address wouldnt be available. Can you put it on here?

    • cannibell says:

      I thanked her in my blog, which five people read, but maybe one day she’ll see it. She’s a total S/hero and history will give her her due, I am confident. (Same goes for Susan Collins, Lyin’ Brett and the rest of the Senate’s Balless Wonders….)

  4. Lydia says:

    She’s an amazing person.

  5. Louisa says:

    I still have so many strong emotions when I see her. Anger, heartbreak, frustration…. I’m so devastated at what she was put through.

    • Roux says:

      Me too. Most women will never have to have this kind of experience so publicly but she represents what so many women have faced or are facing.

  6. Suzy Schettler says:

    She’s a classy lady, unlike all the people who worked to discredit and smear her reputation. She came forward because she cared about the integrity and character of the judges being appointed to the highest court in her country, and wanted those evaluating to have all the facts about the person appointed. She is STILL being hassled and threatened. In my book, and as someone who was sexually abused and assaulted when young, her actions were brave and courageous and I admire her integrity and sincerity. I’m truly sorry for all that she has had to go through.

    • Lydia says:

      Whenever a Republican speaks, I automatically think: “lies”. No matter what the topic. The way they try to silence anyone disagreeing with them makes me not want to listen at all.

  7. KatieBo says:

    I still feel a punch to the gut when I see her face. She’s an incredible woman.

  8. Who ARE These People? says:

    She will always be looking over her shoulder and her family will always bear a quiet burden of worry, all because she did her civic duty. All because the Republican party distilled itself down to the country’s roots in white supremacy and religious patriarchy. Now that sniveling dry drunk Kavanaugh has power over Americans that he never earned and that he never planned to use fairly.

    • Lilly says:

      So much yes to your points above #Who ARE These People? She’s a wonderful, strong, intelligent woman and the patriarchy (and their in the club females who stand with them) hates that.

  9. Incredulous says:

    She stood tall and stood fierce and the world needs more of that. Good on you.

  10. Jess says:

    I am angry every day that Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court. And that Dr Ford has been the one who had had her life torn apart. She is so brave and strong and I just have to hope that we will slowly get better as a nation thanks to brave people like her.

  11. Becks1 says:

    so I remember when Sally Yates stood up to Trump and was fired for it, someone changed her Wikipedia article (and it got changed again shortly after that) about how she was the former acting attorney general and a “goddamn American hero.”

    I feel that way whenever I see Dr. Ford’s name. She’s a goddamn American hero.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes. And yet we still have Kavanaugh on the SCOTUS. I will never forget his unhinged performance, it was breathtakingly appalling, such a contrast to the brave and measured testimony Dr. Ford provided.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s how I think of her too. Her, Yates, and everyone who has sacrificed and stood up against this madness.

  12. Tx_mom says:

    She’s just so classy.

    In other news, I’ve seen Kavanaugh apologists claim online that she made $22 MILLION through GoFundMe. This kind of nonsense hurts my head and heart. It’s so easy to check this information instead of spreading lies.

  13. Xtrology says:

    Because he is gay. Who cares?

  14. Regina Falangie says:

    I posted her address in a previous post but it was deleted. I’m not sure why.

    I sent Dr. Ford a postcard (so they don’t have to screen it) and it felt so good to send her my support and appreciation.

    Dr Christine Ford
    c/o Palo Alto University
    1791 Arastradero Rd
    Palo Alto CA 94304

  15. Trashaddict says:

    She did right. It was not without cost. To her, and people forget, her family.
    I only hope it makes her and them stronger.