BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Christine Blasey Ford has broken her silence to accept an award from the YWCA of Silicon Valley at a luncheon in Santa Clara.
Ford, a Palo Alto resident, had kept a low profile after she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last year.
Ford said Wednesday (Oct. 30) that she had been inspired to come forward because of Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings in 1991.
“There are many, many people who aren’t as lucky as I am,” she said. “When my family was forced out of our home last year, we had resources and we had friends that made sure we had places to go and stay. So many women do not.”
In her speech, Ford thanked YWCA for helping local victims of assault, including Chanel Miller, the victim of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, whose three-month jail sentence triggered outage. Ford said she has read Miller’s memoir, “Know My Name.”
Ford thanked her friends and her son, who came with her to the luncheon, and encouraged members of the audience to “stand strong” and “be yourself.”
The luncheon was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Guests were asked to make a $250 donation to YWCA.