It has been a nightmarish week for Christine Blasey Ford, the girl who lately accused Supreme Courtroom nominee of sexual assault, however there’s additionally been an enormous outpouring of assist for her after she determined to publicly share her story.
Over the summer season, Blasey — a professor at California’s Palo Alto College — wrote a confidential letter to senior Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein claiming Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her greater than 30 years in the past when she was in highschool. (Blasey is usually referred to by her married title of Ford.)
After making the troublesome resolution to publicly come ahead, Blasey has been questioned and ridiculed by many, together with Donald Trump Jr.. After receiving a lot of dying threats, she and her household needed to vacate their residence and prepare for personal safety. A GoFundMe web page was arrange Tuesday to financially help Blasey and her household in defending themselves, and it met its objective of $50,000 inside simply 4 hours.
The web fundraiser was created by Heidi Feldman, a professor of regulation at Georgetown College who doesn’t know Blasey personally, with hopes of serving to cowl her safety bills and “make it simpler for girls in her place to come back ahead regardless of nice dangers.”
So many donations got here in that the objective was raised a number of instances earlier than being paused after reaching $50,000 in 4 hours. After talking with Blasey’s representatives in regards to the extent of her safety and different hearing-related associated prices, Feldman reopened donations and set a brand new objective of $100,000.
As of this writing, within the 16 hours for the reason that marketing campaign was launched, almost 2,300 folks had donated greater than $72,000 to assist assist Blasey.
Previous to the sexual assault accusation, Kavanaugh’s nomination had already obtained an excessive amount of pushback from Democrats and those that really feel he might negatively affect the rights of girls and lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender folks.
Although a brand new Senate listening to on the accusation was scheduled for Monday, Blasey has requested an FBI investigation be achieved earlier than she testifies however left open the likelihood that she would possibly seem earlier than the committee.