A close friend of Christine Blasey Ford claims the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told her about her assault in 2017 after her friend went public about her own rape in a Facebook post.
According to the Mercury News, Rebecca White — described as one of Blasey Ford’s neighbors and a good friend — said she revealed the story of her own sexual assault when she was a teenager on Facebook at the height of the #MeToo movement.
“She reached out to me afterward, supporting me and my story and that she had something happen to her when she was really young and that the guy was a federal judge,” White recalled. “She said she had been assaulted. She said hers had been violent as well, physically scary, fighting for her life.”
Another friend said that Blasey Ford lamented what would happen to her if she went public.
“I’ve been trying to forget this all my life, and now I’m supposed to remember every little detail,” Jim Gensheimer said Blasey Ford told him as she watched her kids participate in a Junior Lifeguard program. “They’re going to be all over me.”
According to the report, Ford confidante Kirsten Leimroth was there when she talked about going public.
Leimroth said Ford brought up the attack at a July lunch, stating that she had been “almost raped by a high school acquaintance.”
“There’s absolutely no way it’s made up. She can’t even go home,” Leimroth said Monday night. “She had to have her kids stay somewhere else. She had to shut down all social media. Why would she do that?”
You can read more testimonials from Blasey Ford’s friends here.