& # 39; I just thought it was my duty as a citizen & # 39 ;: Christine Blasey Ford talks about her decision to make sexual assertions against Brett Kavanaugh while accepting the empowerment prize
- Blasey Ford was honored on Wednesday with the YWCA & # 39; s 2019 Empowerment Award during the & # 39; Inspire Luncheon & # 39; fund raiser in Silicon Valley
- In a speech that accepted the prize, Blasey Ford spoke about what drove her to come forward with her charges against Kavanaugh in September 2018
- & # 39; I just thought it was my duty as a citizen and that everyone in my position would do the same, & # 39; said the research psychologist and professor
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared thirteen months after she took hold of the nation with her compelling congress statement that accused the then Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh of sexual violence.
Blasey Ford was honored with the YWCA & # 39; s 2019 Empowerment Award at the annual & # 39; Inspire Luncheon & # 39; fund-raising event on Wednesday in Silicon Valley, California.
In a speech that accepted the prize, the 52-year-old research psychologist and professor said they were & # 39; deeply humiliated & # 39; was and talked about what motivated her to come forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh at his affirmative hearing in September 2018.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared in a rare way on Wednesday when she was honored with YWCA & # 39; s 2019 Empowerment Award at the annual & # 39; Inspire Luncheon & # 39; fund-raising event in Silicon Valley, California
Ford claimed that Kavanaugh had stung her in a bed and touched her at a high school party in 1982, when she was 15 and 17. Kavanaugh furiously denied the allegation.
& # 39; It's funny, I was inspired by Anita Hill when I was deciding to testify, but I didn't think I'd inspire anyone else, & # 39; she said, referring to the woman who accused Justice Clarence Thomas, then a supreme court, of sexual misconduct during his affirmative hearing in 1991.
& # 39; I just thought it was my duty as a citizen and that everyone in my position would do the same, & # 39; Blasey Ford said.
Blasey Ford grabbed the nation with its compelling testimony from Congress that accused the then Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh of sexual violence in September 2018 (photo)
Ford claimed that Kavanaugh had stung her in a bed and felt her at a high school party in 1982. Kavanaugh furiously denied the allegation at his confirmation hearing (photo)
She noted that coming forward is rarely that simple for survivors of sexual violence.
& # 39; There are many people who are not as lucky as me. When my family was forced out of our house last year, we had resources & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; So many women don't do that. So many women do not have the privilege that my professional position offered me. & # 39;
Blasey Ford then addressed the event's main speaker, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who stood up for unions alongside Cesar Chavez in the 1960s.
& # 39; My experience only lasted a few months. "Dolores, your whole life is an inspiration," Blasey Ford said.
& # 39; Everyone has the power to inspire others. Be brave, stand strong, be yourself. & # 39;
YWCA & # 39; s Empowerment Award & # 39; celebrates and honors women in our community who are advocates and ambassadors for change & # 39 ;, says the organization's website.
Blasey Ford concluded her acceptance speech by saying: & Everyone has the power to inspire others. Be brave, stand strong, be yourself & # 39;
In the year since her testimony about the bomb, Blasey Ford has remained largely out of public interest.
She issued a statement in November 2018 and thanked her supporters on a GoFundMe page to raise money to help her family, as it was overwhelmed by media attention after the hearing.
The following month she presented Sports Illustrated & # 39; s Inspiration of the Year Award to Rachael Denhollander, a survivor of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Blasey Ford was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in April, but did not seem to be attending any related media events.
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