Christine Blasey Ford, a psychologist at Palo Alto University in northern California, tipped off The Washington Post in July to her accusations about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, following his inclusion on the shortlist of potential nominees to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Ford also sent a letter that month to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) via her congressional representative, Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.).
“He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing,” Ford told The Post in a piece published Sunday afternoon.
Ford provided The Post with documentation of the incident in the form of mental health professionals’ notes, including couples therapy she engaged in during the year 2012 and individual therapy the following year.
The couples therapy notes include mention of the attack by students at an unspecified “elitist boys’ school” — who went on to become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”
The individual therapy notes reference “long-term effects” and describe the incident as a “rape attempt.”
Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegation last week.
Mark Judge, the other high school boy said to be in the room at the time — he, too, was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School — also denied the incident.
The Post claimed that Ford’s attorney — who warned that Ford may “face vicious attacks by those who support this nominee” — suggested she take a polygraph test.
The results “concluded Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate.”
The Post reported that Ford does not recall how the gathering came about, who owned the house in which the alleged incident occurred, or how she even got there. She thinks the exact year may be the summer of 1982, but even that was unclear.
Regarding the timing of revealing her identity, Ford told The Post, “Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”
Ford indicated the alleged attack contributed to anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and that it had had a lasting impact on her life.
She said she suffered from academic and social problems along with difficulty with healthy relationships with men.
Reaction on both sides of this issue is already pouring out on Twitter.
See a few below and add your own comments.
I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. I do believe there is a Democrat PR firm working this story.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 16, 2018
A lawyer close to the White House said the nomination will not be withdrawn. “No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.” https://t.co/aAbYbNVgNj
— Carrie Budoff Brown (@cbudoffbrown) September 16, 2018
Kavanaugh’s accuser has passed a lie detector test. Will Kavanaugh take one?
— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) September 16, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accuser has come forward:
Her name: Christine Blasey Ford
– She's a respected professor
– She reported the incident to a therapist in 2012
– She PASSED A POLYGRAPH TEST!
Kavanaugh belongs in prison, not the top court in the land!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 16, 2018
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.