The ACLU honored California professor Christine Blasey Ford with an award in courage for her decision to accuse Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault dating back to when the pair were both teens.
Ford said in her rare public appearance Sunday evening that she felt she had a responsibility to the nation to speak out according to NBC News. The Palo Alto University in Northern California psychology professor received the Rodger Baldwin Courage Award from the ACLU of Southern California in Beverly Hills
“When I came forward last September, I did not feel courageous. I was simply doing my duty as a citizen,” she said.
“I understood that not everyone would welcome my information, and I was prepared for a variety of outcomes, including being dismissed,” she said.
The man that Ford accused, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, coincidently made first major public appearance since his confirmation a year ago and said that he was grateful and optimistic about his current position, The New York Post reported.
The newest addition to the nation’s high court did admit that the past year and a half, while he was being considered and eventually confirmed and in his position, were eventful. However, he cited the Washington Capitals capturing the Stanley Cup and the Washington Nationals winning the World Series as being the noteworthy events in what seemed an effort to keep the conversation light.
“In between, I got a new job,” he said, which garnered him a standing ovation.
Kavanaugh, did, however, admit that his friends “paid a heavy price, too heavy a price” for their support of his nomination during the confirmation hearings.
“I’m well aware of that and it pains me daily,” he said, referring to some losing business and being insulted and even threatened.
The judge did, however, primarily avoid making any reference to the allegations leveled against him by Ford who alleged that he had sexually assaulted her over 30 years ago.
Kavanaugh made his comments at a dinner of more than 2,000 members of the Federalist Society at Washington’s Union Station, which is a conservative legal organization who makes it their business to champion judges appointed by conservatives, like President Donald Trump, which including Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, according to the Post.
According to the Post, “The liberal activist group Demand Justice, which wants Congress to impeach Kavanaugh, placed a huge video screen outside the station that played Ford’s testimony. A long line of dinner guests, many in tuxedos and gowns, snaked past women dressed in red robes, like characters from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’”
Written by Savannah Pointer.