Christine Blasey Ford's Powerful Words Were Spray-Painted In Front Of Yale Law School

The quote was taken directly from Ford's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in September.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's highly contested confirmation may be over, but Christine Blasey Ford's testimony is still having an impact. A powerful quote from her September testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was recently spray-painted on the steps of the entrance to Yale Law School, Kavanaugh's alma mater.

As seen in a photo shared to social media, the words "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter..." are graffitied in white, block letters at the Sterling Law building on Yale's New Haven, Connecticut Campus

Ford said the phrase in response to a question from Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who asked her to describe her clearest memory of Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of her when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has continuously denied the incident ever took place.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense," Ford said, referring to Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge. "I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another."


The words were later discussed by experts and media figures as an example of the kind of specific details that are often commonly remembered by survivors of trauma, even if other factors of the attack are blurry.

The image of the spray-painted quote was first tweeted by Yale Law student Laurel Raymond, who described the graffiti as "arresting." As she told HuffPost of its poignant location, "The front of the law school is a symbol of the institution."

Though the paint was later washed away, other quotes from Ford's testimony continued to appear around campus. As seen in a second photo shared on social media, her statement, "I have had to relive my trauma in front of the entire world," was seen spray-painted on the door of another Yale building.

This isn't the only form of protest Yale attendees have taken in defense of Ford. In late September, Yale Law students held a sit-in to protest Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct. Several Yale teachers and administrators, including Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken, also called for an FBI investigation into the allegations against the judge.

The graffiti may be the latest indicator of the residual feelings of anger and disappointment that many of the university's students feel over Kavanaugh's confirmation. "Something about the permanence of paint speaks to how deeply betrayed and disappointed people feel," Raymond told HuffPost. "There's still a lot of anger and disappointment in the halls of [Yale Law]. I think in particular, a lot of female students feel very fundamentally betrayed. But also very determined to change things for the better."


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