Christine Blasey Ford Testimony Triggers Horrifying Experiences for Women

Playing Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh Testimony Triggers Painful Memories

Painful and long-buried memories of women across America are being reawakened by the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland revealed on social media that she was sexually assaulted in high school.

“He was a friend," she wrote. "It was New Year’s Eve. Everyone was drunk. He broke in to the bathroom I was in. I hoped it was a dream." 

Actress Busy Philipps posted a photo with the message: “This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It's taken me 25 years to say those words.”

“Fuller House” star Jodie Sweetin posted: “I was the girl who never reported because I didn't want to go through the pain and the ridicule.” 

Several women called in to C-Span during a break in the hearing  to share their stories. 

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, an outspoken supporter of Kavanaugh, was confronted by a rape survivor outside the hearing room. 

“Sen. Graham, I was raped 13 years ago," she told him. "I don't remember the exact date."

“I'm so sorry,” he replied. 

“You're so sorry, but do you believe me?” she fired back. 

“You need to go to the cops,” he said. 

People took to social media throughout Thursday and Friday to share their stories – some for the first time. 

The National Sexual Assault Hotline was inundated with calls and reported a 147 percent increase as Dr. Ford’s hearings touched a raw nerve among Americans.  

Anyone can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline to discuss sexual assault or share their story at 1- 800-656-4673.

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