Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is still receiving death threats and is unable to return to work, nearly a month and a half after she testified under oath that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when the two were in high school, NPR reported Thursday.
Ford has had to move multiple times, pay for private security, and has yet to return to her job as a professor at Palo Alto University, her lawyers told the outlet.
The lawyers were quick to note that Kavanaugh, meanwhile, had ascended to the Supreme Court, despite the multiple allegations of sexual assault or predation leveled against him.
In September, Ford described to the Senate Judiciary Committee the extent to which the harassment and threats affected her life after she first came forward.
“My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats,” she said. “People have posted my personal information on the internet. This has resulted in additional emails, calls, and threats. My family and I were forced to move out of our home…my family and I have been living in various secure locales, with guards.”
The threats apparently continued, long after Ford’s name had disappeared from the headlines.
“We have already had to move four times, our movements are limited even with security, and the threats are ongoing,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page that has so far raised more than $600,000, part of which lawyers say is going to pay for her family’s security detail. “…The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up.”
The total cost of that security detail and the family’s constant moves are still unclear, but Ford’s lawyers told NPR any leftover funds not used on security will be donated to “organizations that support trauma survivors.”
Throughout her hearing and subsequent fallout, Ford has maintained that she felt civically compelled to share her story, no matter how difficult the backlash would be.
“I believed and still believe that it was my civic duty to come forward, but this is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, much harder even than I thought it would be,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page.
In the face of adversity, Ford says she’s still not looking to make any money off of her experience.
“Dr. Ford’s current focus is solely on recovering from the experience and returning to her job responsibilities — not on writing a book,” her attorneys said in a statement to NPR.
While Kavanaugh and his most ardent supporters opined on how Ford’s allegations would ruin him — Kavanaugh himself claimed Ford had “destroyed” his life — the newly minted justice formally took his seat on the Supreme Court October 9. According to reporters in the room, Kavanaugh laughed and joked with his new colleagues. His wife and daughters looked on from a special seating area for distinguished guests, and his mother and father were seated in the main gallery for his first day on the bench, USA Today reported.
There were no protesters or hecklers in the room.