Why This 'New York Times' Ad In Support Of Christine Blasey Ford Is So Significant

"We believe survivors."

A full-page ad signed by 1,600 men appeared in the New York Times on Wednesday showing support for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

"We believe Anita Hill. We also believe Christine Blasey Ford," the ad reads. CNN reports that it was inspired by a similar New York Times ad from 1991, signed by 1,600 Black women in support of Anita Hill, who accused current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. 

"As men who are allies in the fight to end violence and harassment against women and girls, we write to express our strong support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for her willingness to speak out publicly and testify before the Senate about the sexual assault that she says was perpetrated against her by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh," the letter reads, according to a transcript from HuffPost. "We believe survivors, and we call on all men of good will to stand with us to ensure that Dr. Blasey Ford's story is carefully and fully examined without bias or prejudice."

"We are a group of men with varying political and legal views. But we each believe women should no longer have to carry these burdens alone," the ad continues, ending with a quote from Anita Hill herself: "There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better."

The campaign was led by The Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which raised more than $100,000 to take out the ad. Excess donations (the total is currently more than $139,000) will reportedly go to the organization Futures Without Violence, which works to end violence against women and children. 

It's far from the only form of support Ford has received over her allegations. Alumnae of her high school signed an open letter, while students at Kavanaugh's alma mater Yale University have called for an investigation into the accusations. Meanwhile, celebrities and activists appeared in a recent video thanking Ford for sharing her story, and a GoFundMe campaign has raised over $200,000 for her "security expenses," with the excess going to women's organizations.

Earlier this week, the #BelieveSurvivors national walkout saw protesters across the country walk out of workplaces and schools in support of Kavanaugh's accusers. Two more women — Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick — have come forward against the nominee since Ford went public with her allegations. Following Thursday's scheduled hearing, a vote on Kavanaugh's nominations is set for this Friday. 

(H/T: Mashable)

Cover image: Alex Wong / Getty Images


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