Founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, along with other advocates, wrote a heartfelt letter in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who in September testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.
“This letter is our love offering to her so that she has a constant reminder that there is enormous support for her and other survivors like her,” the letter, published Tuesday, reads. “We heard her. We saw her. And we believed her.”
The powerful letter comes just days after Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite Ford’s allegation that the judge pinned her to a bed and forcibly groped her when the two were in high school. Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified about the allegation in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and the entire country listened.
The gut-wrenching letter was also signed by photographer Amanda de Cadenet, author Glennon Doyle and actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and America Ferrera. At the end of the note, readers are invited to sign the letter as a show of support for Ford.
“We remembered our trauma and the trauma of our loved ones,” the women wrote, recalling how they gathered to watch Ford’s testimony.
“We remembered the times we had not been believed. We remembered the times we had been believed and disparaged anyway. We remembered how long ago we’d put our pain in a box and tucked it away so we’d be able to survive in a world that didn’t care,” the letter continued. “We were quiet because you’d been called to open the box. We were afraid for you. Because we remembered.”
The letter reiterated that Ford’s “sacrifice was not made in vain.”
“You showed a world of discounted people what courage looks like. You showed us that survival is ongoing and that the journey, while fraught, is also essential. You reminded us that we are neither powerless nor alone because we have the truth ― and we have each other.”
Two other women have also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied all accusations against him. Tuesday was his first day sitting on the Supreme Court.
Head over to the Me Too website to read the powerful letter in full.