After keeping a low profile in the two months since Christine Blasey Ford testified at the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the organisers behind her GoFundMe page have posted an update from Ford.
She began by saying words “are not adequate” to thank everyone who has supported her. Ford testified in September that Brett Kavanaugh, then nominee to the Supreme Court – the highest honour in the US judicial system and a lifetime appointment – sexually assaulted her at a house party when they were both in high school.
Ford continued to say that the “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.”
An online fundraiser was set up after the televised hearing, due to the security expenditures needed to protect her and her family. Ford has had to move four times, hire security detail and has been unable to return to work after receiving death threats.
Because of your support, I feel hopeful that our lives will return to normal
In the statement, Ford wrote how the donations she received were a “godsend” and, after raising almost $650,000, she is closing the fundraiser and donating all excess funds to organisations that support trauma survivors.
She went on discuss how other trauma survivors have inspired her, and is proud she spoke out.
“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill [sic] 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,” Ford wrote. “I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually. Thank you.”