More than 200 alumnae of Christine Blasey Ford’s private all-girls school are circulating a signed letter supporting Ford after she came forward with sexual misconduct accusations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” a draft letter from alumnae of Holton-Arms, a private girls school in Bethesda, Md., reads.
“It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.”
The letter, which includes more than 200 alumnae from classes 1967 through 2018, added that Ford’s allegations about Kavanaugh are “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton.”
“Many of us are survivors ourselves,” it said.
HuffPost reported that the letter had received three dozen additional signatures as of Monday morning.
Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, told the Post on Sunday that the incident occurred in the 1980s when Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, and she was a 15-year-old sophomore at Holton-Arms School, an all-girls school in Bethesda, Maryland.
She said she believes the year was 1982 when Kavanaugh would have been 17.
Ford said she was at a teen house party when Kavanaugh and one of his male classmates cornered her in a bedroom and Kavanaugh pinned her on her back on a bed as Kavanaugh’s friend watched.
Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes and attempted to remove her clothes and the one-piece bathing suit she was wearing underneath.
When she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
She said she managed to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend jumped on top of them on the bed and sent all three of them tumbling, according to the Post.
The Washington Post notes that Ford has already submitted to a polygraph test and passed.
Ford told the Post that she didn’t tell anyone about it until 2012, when she discussed it in couple’s therapy.
The Post reviewed the therapist’s notes, which don’t mention Kavanaugh’s name but say that Ford was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who would become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”
Kavanaugh denies Ford’s allegations.