The entire country had their eyes glued to the news last Thursday, September 27, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor from Palo Alto University, testified before members of the Senate that Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually molested her when they were both in their teenage years.
Ford’s testimony has given a second life to the #MeToo movement. Many women have stepped forward to share why they did or didn’t share their stories with the police earlier, and still others are publicly standing behind Ford, claiming she has no adequate reason to lie.
The nomination has become a touchstone of the #MeToo movement,a vivid reminder of the deep chasm between men’s &women’s lived experience of sex&power.Many opponents of Kavanaugh’s confirmation have taken to the streets to express their anger &solidarity... https://t.co/LpW7wf2OdA— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) October 4, 2018
Kavanaugh was right when he said, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace," but not in the way he means: He should never have been allowed to make it this far. His nomination is a disgrace.#resist #trump #Kavanaugh #metoo— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) October 4, 2018
One particularly notable woman who believes Ford and took steps to stand up for her was talk-show host Ellen Degeneres. In an interview with Savannah Guthrie from The Today Show, Degeneres spoke about how she’s furious at anyone who doubts Ford’s story:
“What you remember is what happened to you, where you were, and how you feel. That's what you remember.”@TheEllenShow talks to @SavannahGuthrie about Dr. Ford’s testimony and her own experience. Tune in tomorrow for full interview. pic.twitter.com/6F6CGQb8LG— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 4, 2018
Ellen spoke about Ford’s ordeal (the bits she remembers and the bits she doesn’t) from the perspective of a fellow sexual assault survivor.
You don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel. That’s what you remember,” she said. “I think anybody who has gone through it, right now, is watching this so angry because you know, how dare you not believe us?
Victims block as much of the crime as possible. The crime itself is impossible to forget.— Myrna Hill (@loy1274) October 4, 2018
She also opened up about her own struggle with sexual abuse and how it’s affected her:
I was 15 and I had something happen to me. When I watched Dr. Ford ― anyone who has had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or says, ‘Why did you wait so long?’
Dr. Ford, I am in awe of your bravery.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 27, 2018
She went on:
It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it. You at 14, me at 15, God knows how many people in this audience have had something happen.
Women wait so long because every senario when truth is spoken about this ends up with it being their fault. Those men are never held accountable.— Stephanie (@Sunkissd82) October 3, 2018
Ellen’s fans had her back on Twitter:
We "waited" because we had no where to go. We were raised to believe that men were bigger, Alpha, breadwinner, ect. So when they violate us, we become confused and turn it inward. Then lose ourselves within it. Our mothers couldn't help. What choice did we have? #thewindsofchange— Paradise Lane (@ParadiseLane5) October 3, 2018
As a father of two daughters, I applaud Dr. Ford's fight. The right against the might! Bravo. Salute.— Dr. Yatin J Patel (@yatinjpatel) September 27, 2018
EXACTLY!!! #metoo— Sophia Benson (@luvjc317) October 4, 2018
Three women have stepped forward to make credible claims of inappropriate sexual conduct from Brett Kavanaugh during his time in high school and college. As a result, his nomination was delayed for a week pending the findings of a short-lived FBI investigation, which Republicans claim exonerate Kavanaugh of all charges and Democrats claim was limited to the point of being basically useless.
The FBI report on Judge Kavanaugh is entirely incomplete and insufficient. There are dozens of witnesses who have not been interviewed. This is for a lifetime appointment. The American people deserve to have all the facts.— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) October 4, 2018
FBI supplement requested Friday sept 28 by bipartisan group of senators w specific scope of current/credible allegations. Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh had opportunity to testify under oath b4 public/cmte to tell senators what they know 2/3— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 4, 2018
I read the FBI report. This investigation was a sham. Its purpose was not to get to the bottom of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Its purpose was not to find the truth. Its purpose was to give cover.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) October 5, 2018
.@senatemajldr: "What we know for sure is the @FBI report did not corroborate any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. And the second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats." pic.twitter.com/S7TwPBOtmO— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 4, 2018
I've seen the FBI "report" on Brett Kavanaugh. 4 things are clear:— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 4, 2018
❌This wasn't a full or fair investigation.
❌ It doesn't exonerate him.
❌ The available documents contradict what he said under oath.
❌ We must #CancelKavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/bLfINQmKf5
Though the public will likely never get to see the FBI’s report, Ellen already knows where she stands on the issue: she believes Dr. Ford.