Update: Ford told the committee she did get a second front door because of her attack-induced claustrophobia. "Our house does not look aesthetically pleasing from the curb," she said. "It now is a place to host Google interns because we live near Google, so we -- and other students could -- (here Sen. Feinstein interrupted her).
(CNSNews.com) - Christine Blasey Ford’s opening statement tells a by-now familiar story of a party she attended in the summer of 1982, where she alleges that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her while Kavanaugh’s friend stood by and watched.
There are a few new details, including how the remodeling her California home prompted her to describe the assault to her husband and therapist:
Ford writes that old memories she tried to suppress resurfaced during couples therapy in 2012:
“The reason this came up in counseling is that my husband and I had completed an extensive remodel of our home, and I insisted on a second front door, an idea that he and others disagreed with and could not understand. In explaining why I wanted to have a second front door, I described the assault in detail. I recall saying that the boy who assaulted me could someday be on the U.S. Supreme Court."
Ford says after 2012, she confided in a few friends that she had been a victim of sexual assault, mentioning only that her attacker was "a prominent lawyer or judge, but I did not mention his name."
Ford writes that until July 2018, "I had never named Mr. Kavanaugh as my attacker outside of therapy."
Ford’s opening statement mentions how difficult it has been for her to go public, but she denies any partisan motives:
"I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives. Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn. My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decisions about how to proceed. It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth."
As for the attack itself, Ford writes that what “terrified” her the most “and has had the most lasting impact on my life” was her feeling that when Brett “put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming…I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
Ford admits she does not remember all the details of the attack: “I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to,” she wrote. “But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
Ford says four boys and one girl were at the party. She said she cannot recall the name of the fourth boy.
In addition to Kavanaugh’s denial, three of the people Ford named as being at the party also have signed sworn statements saying they have no memory of the party or behavior described by Ford.