Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto resident whose allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has sparked an FBI investigation that has thrown his nomination into doubt, will receive a special proclamation from the City Council, Mayor Liz Kniss said Monday night.
Ford, a Palo Alto resident who last week testified along with Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reportedly left the city because of threats shortly after media reports came out identifying her as the author of a letter that contained allegations against Kavanaugh. Ford testified last week that she had given the letter to her congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who in turn handed it over to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Kniss, who was inspired by Ford last month to share with The Mercury News her own stories of being a victim of sexual assault, called the recent hearings "mesmerizing" and lauded Ford for sharing her experiences. Ford, a Palo Alto University psychology professor, told the committee last Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that her assailant was Kavanaugh and recalled the "uproarious laughter" from Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, during the incident.
Kavanaugh, in his testimony, vehemently denied all allegations.
"Through this act of bravery, she told the world about what happened to her and set an example for all women and men who have experienced similar trauma," Kniss said at the Monday meeting of the City Council. "She showed them the courage and strength to speak about something so personal and, in having done so, have inspired others to defend themselves and speak openly about their own experiences."
Kniss acknowledged that Ford is unlikely to come to City Hall for the proclamation.
"As much as we might like to give it to her in person, I somewhat doubt that would happen," she said.