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‘I’m Crying For This Woman’: The Internet Rallies Around Tearful Christine Blasey Ford

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford testified against Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee — and her account of her attempted rape deeply moved social media users watching the hearing.

The California professor read her opening statement in a shaky voice, on the verge of tears, but gathered strength to testify against her alleged assailant out of “civic duty” as Senate Republicans rush to confirm him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Blasey Ford started by assuring Senators that she had no motives beyond wanting to perform her public responsibility.

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” she said. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

Blasey Ford explained how her life and Kavanaugh’s had intersected decades before, when they were both students are exclusive private schools in the D.C. area.

“During my time at the school, girls at Holton-Arms frequently met and became friendly with boys from all-boys schools in the area, including Landon School, Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga High School, as well as country clubs, and other places where kids and their families socialized. This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me,” she told the judiciary committee.

She explained how in the summer of 1982, she’d attended a small gathering, after a day of swimming. She admitted that there are key details she does not recall, such as the exact location of the gathering or how she got there, but that the attack is burned into her memory.

The internet reacted as we all should:

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