#DearProfessorFord: We Heart the Hashtag Offering Christine Blasey Ford Solidarity, Support and Sisterhood

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who late last week publicly claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at 15, originally wanted to remain anonymous. In July, when Kavanaugh’s name was noted as being on Trump’s nominee short list, she reached out to The Washington Post tip line; later that month, she told Senator Dianne Feinstein her story—through a letter which made explicit her request to protect her privacy.

Now that Blasey Ford has courageously come forward—demanding an FBI investigation into her allegation and a delay on any vote until the investigation is complete and she has had a chance to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee—she has found herself in the spotlight, and she has become the target of an onslaught of harassment, threats and insults.

In the midst of this mayhem, celebrities and feminist figureheads came together to send Blasey Ford a message of solidarity and support. In a viral video released today by Paola Mendoza, artistic director of the historic 2017 Women’s March, celebrities like Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Gabrielle Union; feminist writers and editors like Cindi Leivi and Tavi Gevinson; movement leaders like Ai-jen Poo, Monica Ramirez, Andrea Pino and Jamia Wilson; and many others thank Blasey Ford for coming forward and declare themselves “her sisters.”

“We know how difficult it is to stand up to powerful people. We want to thank you for publicly sharing your story of sexual violence,” the women tell Blasey Ford. “The behavior you described was wrong and runs directly counter to upholding the law and promoting justice.”

The women also note how unfair and difficult the circumstances were around Blasey Ford’s telling her story. “We applaud your courage in coming forward for the public good, and we will be with you as you face the inevitable backlash,” they assure her. “You are strong, and you are not alone. You are a survivor. Millions of us have your back.”

After Mendoza tweeted the video message from her account, the corresponding hashtag—#DearProfessorFord—became the top trending topic on Twitter. In a watershed moment, women from across the country began to send their own supportive messages to Blasey Ford.

Some thank her for her courage.

Others demanded that she be given the opportunity to seek justice that was denied to Anita Hill in 1991, who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee (and now, sitting Justice) Clarence Thomas. Hill spoke out earlier this week to urge Senators to make time to listen to Blasey Ford and investigate the allegations she made.

Many women, however, used the tag to share their own experiences—once again illuminating, much like the initial #MeToo explosion, just how widespread and normalized sexual violence remains around the nation.

Mendoza’s star-studded video ends with one simple but uplifting message: “We believe you. Signed, your sisters.” As the night goes on, more and more women are signing on to that same letter of support.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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Comments

  1. Derith Madden says:

    I believe u have the right to a fair and honest investigation by the FBI b 4 u go in front of the senate that is full of Republicans mostly white old sexist men who in the past humiliated Anita Hill and still put a sexual predator on the Supreme Court. With the Me To Movement this should be investigated and bring witnesses put under oath and done before the vote for another predator is appointed to a life time position on the court by Republicans. This 2018 and should have a better way to stop what is going on and with this partisan side show forcing you to appear before them as they think they speak for the American people and they do not for the majority considering women are the majority who fine this unacceptable behave and want an investigation NOW!

  2. Jody Biesche says:

    #DearProfessorFord, Thank you for your courage and willingness to take a stand against sexual assault, at a great personal cost. You are a hero.

  3. Victoria Whitman says:

    Thank you for standing up for all of us.

  4. Nancy Wehrkamp says:

    DearProfessorFord, I am a 74 year old woman who admires your courage and stand for honest justice. It takes women and men like you to make this country one of courage, justice and the right to stand and tell the highest courts of this land what is right and wrong. I give you my support and stand with you . God bless you my dear and your family.

  5. Mary Midgett says:

    Dear Dr Ford,
    I am 75 years old and your bravery helped me with some old memories. I was touched inappropriately, both by a 15 year old boy when I was 12, a Catholic Superstar, and again when I was 15 years old by my fathers boss, another good Every Sunday Catholic. In that instance I told my parents, had to go to court and tell the ugly story and once again nothing was done. …just a child’s imagination. Bravo for you and please know that I and my children and grandchildren applaud your bravery. Maybe someday women if this world and others will be seen as equal to men and not as the world has been. I fear Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court will put us back into the 50’s.

  6. #DearProfessorFord, I have been searching the internet to find a way to communicate to you how much I appreciate your courage. You are a hero to me, and I will always be thankful for what you have done.

  7. I am concerned that having your oxygen cut off has been overlooked. It IS the most terrifying moment of your life. It does NOT go away. Your experience has made me revisit my past. ONE DAY!!!! Life changing…..

  8. Barb Hatfield says:

    I have cried so many tears. Let them not be in vein. Thank you Dr. Ford. Thank one million times over for your bravery and honesty. I promise, it will not go unnoticed.

  9. Maureen Ford says:

    Dear Professor Ford,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your courage to tell your story in such a human, real and humble way. I am a psychologist who treats victims of sexual abuse and every thing about your words seemed authentic and believable, including what you could not remember and why. You are an inspiration to me and my clients. You will be in the history books, not that you were seeking that, but your very manner will give you a spot there with Anita Hill. I hope your school welcomes you as a hero

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