award, ford, aclu
Christine Blasey Ford was sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018. Her testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not stop him from being confirmed, but this week, the ACLU of Southern California awarded her for her bravery. (Photo Credit: United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary)

Christine Blasey Ford Receives ACLU’s Roger Baldwin Courage Award

Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not prevent him from ultimately being confirmed for the seat. However, the ACLU of Southern California honored her with the Roger Baldwin Courage Award on Sunday.

Blasey Ford received both support and scrutiny for her testimony against Kavanaugh. Her claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers led to him being investigated and ultimately cleared and confirmed to the Supreme Court. A staunch conservative, Kavanaugh has tipped the balance of the court to the right.

Related Story: Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court Urges Kavanaugh and Alito to Recuse Themselves From Upcoming LGBTQ Rights Cases

“When I came forward last September, I did not feel courageous,” she said upon accepting the award at the ALCU’s Bill of Rights dinner. “I was simply doing my duty as a citizen.”

Blasey Ford’s testimony spotlighted the issue of alleged survivors of sexual assault having their claims dismissed. Blasey Ford has not made many public appearances since her fall 2018 testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Blasey Ford says donations went toward hiring security for her and her family because she had received threats.

“I understood that not everyone would welcome my information, and I was prepared for a variety of outcomes, including being dismissed,” she said. “I was not prepared for the venom, the persistent attacks. I was not prepared to be physically threatened and forced out of my home.”

Last month, Blasey Ford appeared in Santa Clara, Calif., to accept the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s 2019 Empowerment Award. She was also listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list.

“Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans,” Sen. Kamala Harris, who wrote Blasey Ford’s entry on the Time 100 list, said. “And her unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence.”

Others to receive the ACLU’s Roger Baldwin Courage Award include the Central Park Five — Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. The young Black and Latino men were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a white woman in New York City’s Central Park.

Kavanaugh has vehemently and angrily denied Blasey Ford’s allegations against him. Those in support of him argued Blasey Ford’s testimony was a Democratic political move to stop the appointment of a right-wing judge.

Last week, Kavanaugh appeared in Washington to address the conservative legal foundation, The Federalist Society. Outside of the building, protesters played videos of Blasey Ford’s testimony on a large screen and donned the red robes and white hoods of the reproductive slaves in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian-novel-turned-Hulu-series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Blasey Ford’s words at Sunday’s ACLU dinner earned her a standing ovation from the crowd.

“My voice was just one voice,” she said. “You are many. We are many.”

Latest News

Wells Fargo Launches ‘Many hearts. One community.’ Holiday Campaign

Originally published on newsroom.wf.com. Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross, Feeding America and small businesses in appreciation for being the “heart” of communities SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The perseverance of communities continues to be a shining light during these trying times, and Wells Fargo is celebrating the optimism and determination of…

Pascal Desroches

AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens to Retire in March 2021. WarnerMedia’s Pascal Desroches to Succeed Stephens

Originally published on att.com. AT&T [DiversityInc Hall of Fame company] Chief Financial Officer John Stephens has announced his plans to retire next March after 28 years with the company. WarnerMedia CFO Pascal Desroches has been named to succeed Stephens, effective April 1, 2021. During the transition period, Desroches will serve as…

Atatiana Jefferson

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Police Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson; Drug Industry Announces Diversity Guidelines in Development of New Medications; and More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by police. Family members of Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by police through a window in her own home, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Fort Worth, Texas and the…

Southern Company: Georgia Natural Gas Opens 10th Annual TrueBlue Community Awards Call for Entries

Originally published on southerncompany.com. Honor recognizes nonprofits supporting Georgia during COVID-19 and distributes grants to sustain continued efforts Georgia Natural Gas (GNG), Georgia’s leading natural gas provider, announces the call for entries for the 10th Annual TrueBlue Community Awards. This year, the awards will recognize hardworking Georgia nonprofits for their service providing COVID-19 relief…

Cori Bush

Multiple Congressmen ‘Accidentally’ Called Cori Bush, Missouri’s New Representative, ‘Breonna’; American Medical Association Classifies Racism as a Threat to Public Health; and More

Multiple congressmen “accidentally” called Missouri’s new representative Cori Bush  “Breonna” during Capitol event. Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush said she was stunned and hurt on the evening of Nov. 16, after a number of different Republicans called her “Breonna” during a new member orientation at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Bush, who…

transgender, election

Meet 6 Transgender and Gender-Nonbinary Politicians Who Broke Ground in 2020

Despite the fraught nature of the 2020 presidential election results, victories at state levels put at least six transgender and nonbinary individuals in legislative positions. These small but significant gains for transgender visibility in politics came just before Transgender Awareness Week, which celebrates transgender people from Nov. 13–19 before Transgender…

Roger Ferguson to Retire as President and CEO of TIAA

Originally published on tiaa.org. TIAA, a leading provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused investment solutions to millions of people and thousands of institutions, said Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., intends to retire as President and CEO on March 31, 2021. The company’s Board and Mr. Ferguson believe it is an appropriate…