On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Charles Blow teared up during a panel discussion with CNN’s Chris Cuomo as he shared a story about being sexually assaulted as a child.
Blow shared his tragic experiences in order to stand in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her.
“I do believe, however, that we have to all take a step back and be respectful of Professor Ford,” Blow said. “This is not only —if it is true — a sexual assault, it is a childhood sexual assault.”
He added, “If you have never been the victim of a childhood sexual assault [then] calm down and take a step back. Stop asking why she didn’t say anything.”
“I was a victim of a childhood sexual assault. It’s not news, I wrote it in my book four years ago. The first time I told somebody was 17 years later. The next time I told somebody was eight years after that. It was 37 years before I told everybody in the world in a book,” he said.
Watch the clip below.