Alumnae Of Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford's School Sign Letter Of Support

"Many of us are survivors ourselves."

Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has received a letter of support from alumnae of her all-girls high school, Holton-Arms in Bethesda, Maryland. More than 200 women from classes between 1967 and 2018 have reportedly signed the letter.

"We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate," the letter reads. "We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court."


The letter shares that Ford's story is "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton," adding, "Many of us are survivors ourselves." There is a form available on the letter for more alumnae to add their names. On Monday, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted that she (a graduate in 1979) had signed.

Sarah Burgess, of the class of 2005, told HuffPost, "I know that in the coming days, her story will be scrutinized, and she will be accused of lying. However, I grew up hearing stories like hers, and believe her completely."

Susanna A. Jones, the head of Holton-Arms, also released a statement responding to Ford's allegations, which read, "In these cases, it is imperative that all voices are heard. As a school that empowers women to use their voices, we are proud of this alumna for using hers."

According to the Washington Post, Ford alleges that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school. In response to the initial allegation (in a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley released a letter signed by 65 women who said they knew Kavanaugh when he attended all-boys high school Georgetown Prep, and claimed that "he has always treated women with decency and respect."

CNN reports that both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify on Monday in a new public hearing. As Sen. Susan Collins said, "There are lots of questions that can be asked about details — and I think the hearing will be very helpful."

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