The family of Christine Blasey Ford is continuing to publicly show their support after the California college professor accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Ford’s sister-in-law Deborah Ford Peters spoke out on why Ford wants her story to be heard.
‘I assume that she was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh being considered for the Supreme Court,’ Peters said.
‘I think she doesn’t want her story misrepresented, in the way that it leaked, but she also strongly believes that story needs to be heard by the American public, that they need to know what this man did in his youth so that he can be held responsible.’
Deborah Ford Peters (pictured on Good Morning America) showed support for her sister-in-law Christine Blasey Ford
Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting at a party when they were in high school
Kavanaugh, who is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, denied the allegations
Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape, telling the Washington Post that he allegedly pinned her down on a bed and tried to take her clothes off at a party in high school. She said he covered her mouth when she tried to scream.
Ford, who said their are details she does not remember, told the outlet that she believes the attack happened in the early 1980s when she was 15. At the time, Ford did not tell anyone about her encounter with Kavanaugh. She and her husband said the first time she mentioned it was in 2012 during a couples therapy session.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations, while some Republicans have suggested that Ford may be mistaken and the person who allegedly attacked her was someone else.
Peters, however, is sure Ford is telling the truth and has the right guy.
‘I can’t imagine any reason that it would be a mistaken identity,’ she said on GMA. ‘Specifically working with people who have been through traumas, the details of the traumas are often etched in their minds forever.’
She added: ‘I feel very proud and kind of impressed and amazed that she has the courage to come out and face whatever consequence she has to face. But she’s a strong person. She’s showing us she’s capable of doing it.’
Peters’ comments came days after several members of Ford’s family wrote a public letter of support, telling senators ‘her honesty is above reproach’.
Disney star Bridgit Mendler, Ford’s niece, posted the letter on her Twitter page with a note praising her ‘Aunt Chrissy’.
‘Dr Christine Blasey Ford, or Aunt Chrissy as I know her is the person who patiently helped me with my college application, she was the first to give me a hug when I saw my family on vacation. Please remember her humanity. This is a message from our family,’ Mendler wrote.
Christine Blasey (now Ford) and Brett Kavanaugh in their respective high school year books
Bridgit Mendler posted the family’s public letter of support on her twitter account
The signers include Ford’s husband Russell Ford, Mendler and 10 other family members who identify as Christine Ford’s in-laws.
The letter speaks of Ford’s ‘honesty and compassion’.
‘Chrissy has tremendous compassion for others, goes out of her way to support and encourage the young ones in our family and does so with great warmth and generosity,’ the letter notes.
‘We especially admire the way she is raising her children to be genuinely good people who are considerate of others,’ it says.
‘As a family member, Chrissy can be can be counted on in any kind of difficulty. Her honesty is above reproach and her behavior is highly ethical and respectful of everyone’s point of view. We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experiences from he past and we know how difficult this is for her.’
The letter concluded: ‘Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight. We ask that her decision to share a private and difficult recollection be treated seriously and respectfully, and we ask that you please make every effort to respect Chrissy’s and our family’s privacy as this issue is investigated.’
Additionally supporters gathered outside of Ford’s home in Palo Alto, California, to show their support for her with many waving ‘thank you’ signs.
Ford’s attorney and friends have said she and her family cannot stay in their home because she has received death threats since coming forward with her accusation.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, is gearing up to testify before the Senate about her allegations. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley gave Ford and her attorney a Friday night deadline to decide if she was going to appear before the committee on Wednesday.
Supporters rally outside of Ford’s house in Palo Alto to show their support for her
Trump tweeted Friday that Kavanaugh is a ‘fine man with an impeccable reputation’
The president also questioned why Ford, who said the assault happened when she was 15, didn’t come forward years ago
Debra Katz, one of Ford’s lawyers, accused Republicans of trying to ‘bully’ Ford into quickly testifying to ‘deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family’.
Her attorneys are pushing for a Thursday hearing so she has enough time to drive across the country from her home in California to DC. According to Politico, Ford reportedly told friends that she has trouble with confined spaces and indicated a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh for Supreme Court in July, and has repeatedly backed him amid the sexual assault allegation. In tweets on Friday, the president called Kavanaugh a ‘fine man’ and questioned why Ford didn’t come forward years ago.
‘Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C,’ he wrote.
In a second tweet, he added: ‘I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!’