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Christine Blasey Ford nominated for UNC Distinguished Alumna Award

Among all the other alumni of UNC, Dr. Christina Blasey Ford will stand tall and proud for she has been named for a Distinguished Alumna Award by the University of North Carolina. She was nominated for the reason of “speaking truth to power”. She boldly talked about the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, the former Supreme Court nominee.

Dr. Christina Blasey in the year 1988 graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. An English professor Dr. Jennifer Ho in the University of North Carolina wrote a letter nominating Dr. Christina Blasey for opening up about the professors’s testimony earlier September in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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In 1988, while graduating from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Christina Blasey Ford accused former Supreme Court nominee and now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were studying High School during a house party. However, Jugde Kavanaugh denied all the accusations against him. Until, both Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh were present before the Senate Judiciary committee on Saturday, and after a seven day investigation by the FBI found him guilty. A lot of activists and protesters came in support of Dr. Christina Blasey Ford before the Senate when the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed by 50-48 vote.

Dr. Jennifer Ho further stated in her nomination letter that Dr. Christina Blasey Ford’s decision of testifying against Judge Kavanaugh inspired a lot of young women struggling with making a decision with respect to sexual harassment.

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Dr. Ho also shared that she has been garnering a lot of hate and negative criticism since her letter and she also went onto add that a lot of signatures which were in her support was spitefully taken down and that if people further wished to support her can extend their love by submitting a form which will be open until the midnight of October 13.

She explained that when the letter was initially put up on Friday morning, there were about 180 signatures. She, then after being subjected to hate and trolling and also calling the school chancellor to fire her, still left the letter for public view and went on to receive around 1,400 submitted signatures along with some fake signatures, she told CNN.

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Dr. Ho in conversation with a reporter from CNN told them that she did it for her students for she believed Dr. Blasey Ford was speaking the truth and that by supporting her a lot of her other students facing similar issues will have a motivation and derive courage to go up against their offenders. She also added that Dr. Ford spoke all the difficulties she faced in the initial years of college in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and that she felt it was her foremost responsibility as a teacher to protect her students and encourage them to open up.

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Written by Ketakee Srivastava

I am an amateur content writer, who is currently pursuing a Masters in Finance from ICFAI Business School. In this highly volatile Business Market, I find no better way to keep myself updated than to write about it and reflect my own thoughts as words.

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