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Christine Blasey Ford Nominated for Distinguished-Alumna Award at UNC

WASHINGTON DC- SEPTEMBER 27 Christine Blasey Ford with lawyers Debra S. Katz left and Michael R. Bromwich answers questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Pool Getty Images North America
Jeannette Daniel | 12 October, 2018, 11:35

A petition seeks university honors for the woman who accused Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

The professor, Jennifer Ho, teaches in the university's Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Ford majored in psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated in 1988.

Banding together, "Me Too" activists wrote Christine Blasey Ford a love letter, and it's open for additional signatures. "We live in a society that does not believe women", she wrote.

'Watching last night's White House event and listening to the President again cast doubt on veracity of Dr. Ford's claims, while not hearing a word of contrition from the newest justice, was hard for many Americans who have experienced sexual misconduct firsthand.

Ho said more than 1,000 people have signed the letter.

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Reacting to the news, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday he expects the award to be "just the first of many".

"My greatest fears have been realized-and the reality has been far worse than what I expected", she said. Then there will be probably one of those Netflix "Making of a Murderer"-type series to explain how Kavanaugh beat back her charges and scarred and ruined her for the rest of her life and all of that".

A group that identifies itself as "the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization" said that following Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, its hotline call center saw a record jump in calls from sexual assault survivors.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court on Saturday.

Leaders of both parties seem to believe that it will motivate their political bases to turn out more faithfully, Democrat voters to defend Ford and punish President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders; Republican voters to punish Democrats for putting Kavanaugh through a wrenching confirmation process.

They told Ford, "you showed a world of discounted people what courage looks like ... you reminded us that we are neither powerless nor alone because we have truth - and we have each other". "When you stood there in front of us, Dr. Ford, we found a heroism we could not only believe in, but become".

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