If you thought that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford got up in front of America to tell her story about how Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school—all so she could make some money, you were wrong. Per Dr. Ford’s GoFundMe page:
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.
The “security expenditures” that she speaks of are in relation to the fact that she had to move and hire security to protect her family thanks to the avalanche of death threats that she received, like this one: “From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime.”
This woman is a hero. She endangered hers and her family’s safety in order to tell the story of one of the most traumatic events of her life in front of the entire country because she felt that not telling her truth was an abdication of her moral and civic duty. To think that this was a politically motivated hit job constructed by the Democrats is to believe facts which don’t exist (not to mention that this theory awards the Democrats far more competency than they’ve proven to have), and it is further betrayed by the fact that after paying for security to keep her safe, Dr. Ford is donating all the money she raised ($647,610 in total) to sexual assault survivors who do not have the platform she has. There is much evil in this world, but there is also a tremendous amount of good, and Christine Blasey Ford is proof.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.