Following her allegations of sexual misconduct against president Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Dr Christine Blasey Ford has testified before the US Senate.

Recalling her experience in an opening statement, Ford described the incident, saying that Kavanaugh and a friend pushed her into a room and forced themselves on her at a high school party thirty years ago. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Dr Ford described that she didn't tell her parents because she didn't want them to know that she was out with boys drinking beer. She then "convinced herself" that she should ignore it because he did not rape her.

Ford went on to describe the impact that the incident has had on her life. In 2012 she disclosed details of the incident to her therapist. When she remodelled her home, she even installed two doors at the front of the house. This was when she told her husband about the incident.

July 2018 was the first time she disclosed the name of her attacker outside therapy. After sending an anonymous letter to senator Diane Feinstein, she "agonised daily" about going public when her allegations and putting her family in the spotlight.

Following the allegations going public, she said:

We have received tremendous support from our friends and our community

My greatest fears have been realised

My family have been the target of death threats

Dr Ford said that the reaction to her allegations has “terrified" her and "rocked" her to the core. Her personal details have been posted online and she has been forced to flee her home.

She rebuffed any insinuation that her intervention is politically motivated.

I am an independent person and I am no one's pawn ... My motivation going forward was to be helpful and to provide facts.

It is not my responsibility to determine whether Kavanaugh sits on the Supreme Court, it is my responsibility to tell you the truth.

Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont said that he was "inspired" by Dr Ford's courage, as she recalled "the uproarious laughter" between the two friends as they assaulted her.

Senator Dick Durbin also highlighted that Dr Ford had "nothing to gain" by coming forward for her allegations. Concluding his questions, Durbin asked Dr Ford to put a percentage on how confident she is that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, to which she replied:

100 per cent.

With Dr Ford appearing visibly emotional throughout her testimony, emotions were running high on social media.

Many have pointed out that Dr Ford's testimony is an example of why women don't come forward with allegations of sexual assault.

Others pointed to the detailed nature of Dr Ford's testimony and the fact that she shouldn't be testifying in the first place.

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