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#MeToo leaders pen letter of support, gratitude to Christine Blasey Ford

Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times on

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Nearly two weeks after Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her alleged sexual assault at the hands of future Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, leaders of the #MeToo movement have penned a "love letter" expressing their support and appreciation for the California research psychologist.

Released by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke alongside photographer Amanda de Cadenet, author Glennon Doyle and actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and America Ferrera on Wednesday morning, "A Love Letter to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford" pledges that the organization will continue to fight for Ford and all survivors of sexual assault.

Published on a #MeToo website, the missive is described as a "love offering to (Ford) so that she has a constant reminder that there is enormous support for her and other survivors like her."

"We heard her. We saw her. And we believed her," the letter reads, before inviting readers to add their signature to it.

The letter details how women came together in solidarity, both physically and spiritually, as Ford testified and that by telling her story, Ford will forever be remembered as a pillar of strength.

"We witnessed you show up for duty, not as a superhero, but as a fully human woman," the letter notes. "You showed us that the new hero -- the kind of heroism called for in this moment -- is a woman facing the patriarchy with no weapons other than her voice, her body, and the truth."

"Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September was one of the most courageous acts we have ever witnessed," Burke said in a statement released Wednesday. "Despite the harassment, maligning and ridicule she has endured, she remains a hero for so many survivors, allies and supporters around the world."

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Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in a bedroom during a house party while they were both in high school. Despite her allegations, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court.

However, the love letter encouraged Ford not to feel as though her efforts were for nothing.

"Your sacrifice was not made in vain. Like you did, we will continue to show up for ourselves and each other," it reads. "We will bring all of ourselves -- our pain, fear, and anger -- and we will stand in front of power and we will tell the truth. Even if we shake: we will tell our stories."

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