Among all the other alumni of UNC, Dr Christina Blasey will stand tall and proud for she has been nominated to be conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was nominated for “speaking truth to power” by boldly talking about the allegations of sexual assault against the former Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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’ testimony earlier September in the Senate Judiciary Committee. She further appreciated her saying that “What Dr Blasey Ford did on September 27, 2018, was something that was extraordinary in how ordinary it was: she told the truth about a sexual assault she experienced when she was fifteen years old at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”
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 Kavanaughsexually assaulted her when they were in High School during a house party. However, JugdeKavanaugh denied all the allegations against him. Until, both Dr BlaseyFord and Judge Brett Kavanaugh were testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday, and after a seven-day investigation by the FBI found him guilty. A lot of activists protesters came in support of Dr. Christina Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill before the Senate when the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote.
Dr Jennifer Ho further stated in her nomination letter that Dr. Christina Blasey Ford’s decision of speaking truth to power and testifying against Judge Kavanaugh inspired a lot of young women struggling with making a decision with respect to sexual harassment. Dr. Ho also wrote, “Her accomplishment is to be an alumna of integrity, who despite the great personal cost to herself and her family told her story of her sexual assault and emboldened others to also find the courage to speak out against injustice.”
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 filling in a secure form which will be open be 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 sending hate mails to 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.
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.