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May 22, 2019

Christine Blasey Ford shuts down GoFundMe, says she’ll donate money to ‘organizations that support trauma survivors’

November 27, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in late September. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto professor who claimed Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school, said last week that she’s cutting off donations that have been pouring in.

A GoFundMe opened in mid-September collected almost $650,000 in Ford’s name to pay for protection for her family.

Ford, who was forced to move several times due to threats, confirmed that she used the money for a home security system, a security service and housing

Now, she said, she’s shutting down the fundraising page.

“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” Ford wrote.

“Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support.”

She also said that all of the leftover money will be donated to “organizations that support trauma survivors,” but did not specify how much money she plans to give away.

In front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford claimed that Kavanaugh, during a high school party in the 1980s, pinned her to the bed, covered her mouth, stripped her and attempted to rape her.

Kavanaugh denied her allegations — and those of several other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct — and was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 6.

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