More than 200 graduates from the same high school as Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who has alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party three decades ago, have written an open letter supporting her.
The letter, written by students from the prestigious Holton-Arms School In Maryland and first reported by HuffPost, comes as a growing number of senators from both sides of the aisle have called on Ford to testify publicly about her claim that Kavanaugh and a friend assaulted her in the early 1980s.
We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate.
We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. 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.
Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.
Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.” We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault and sexual violence. We hold deep gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.
The letter concludes by saying it has already been signed by “200+” Holton Arms alumnae stretching from 1968 through the present day.
According to HuffPost, Susanna Jones, the current head of school at Holton Arms, has also issued a statement supporting Ford, saying, “As a school that empowers women to use their voices, we are proud of this alumna for using hers.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on September 20, although all 10 Democratic members of the committee have signed a joint letter asking Republican chair Sen. Chuck Grassley to postpone the vote until new questions raised by Ford’s allegations about Kavanaugh’s “record, truthfulness, and character” have been thoroughly addressed.
Previously, Republicans had circulated a letter signed by 65 women supporting Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. Politico has reported that, after the details of Ford’s allegations were made public, nearly half of them did not respond to subsequent requests for comment. Two declined outright.