Christine Blasey Ford and her family have received death threats and moved four times since Ford testified that Brett Kavanaugh, now a Supreme Court justice, sexually assaulted her in high school. Ford also received support from celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Alyssa Milano, and activists like #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, as well as countless Americans.
Amid her painful public experience, Ford’s neighbors and colleagues created a GoFundMe campaign to help fund her ballooning security expenses. By the time it ended, the campaign raised $647,610, surpassing its goal of $150,000. On Nov. 21, Ford announced that a portion of the money will be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors. She is researching the possibilities and will update donors upon her decision.
“With immense gratitude, I am closing this account to further contributions,” Ford wrote in an update on the GoFundMe campaign page. “All funds unused after completion of security expenditures will be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors.”
The fundraiser’s original intention was to help Ford and her family stay safe.
“Not only has the right wing smear machine started, but she is receiving serious threats against her and has had to engage a security force to protect her family,” the campaign page said. “This is all really expensive and she needs our help.”
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty.”
Ford previously published a message on the campaign page to thank her supporters. She explained that their donations were helping pay for security, housing, transportation, and other related expenses. In her new post, she added that the donations have helped enhance the security of her home and provided “physical protection and security” for her family.
Ford said she’s hopeful that her family’s life will return to normal and that she sends her “heartfelt love and support” to the women and men who wrote to her to share “similar life experiences” with her.
“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” she wrote.
If you have experienced sexual assault, you can call the free, confidential National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or access 24-7 help online by visiting hotline.rainn.org.