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Editorial: Christine Blasey Ford’s profile in courage

September 30, 2018 GMT

CBC Editorial: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018; Editorial #8344 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

About this there can be no debate:

Christine Blasey Ford emerged from her ordeal before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday as a REAL American hero.

Her measured but firm and detailed recollection of an assault at a gathering of high schoolers captured the focus of the nation. She displayed the kind of courage and selflessness that are the stuff of REAL role models.

It is a unique and indelible occasion that regardless of Brett Kavanaugh’s fate will have an impact – from the halls of Congress halls to parent-child conversations at the dinner table.

She delivered a distressing description of casual teenage violence. She captured the attention of the nation looking to deal with the realities of sexual assault.

Blasey Ford didn’t spend a morning literally in the national spotlight because there was something in it for her. She came to Washington to tell her story, to tell her truth.

She said it was her duty to bring information she felt the committee – and the nation – needed to know.

No matter the outcome of the Kavanaugh nomination, Christine Blasey Ford left us with an enduring message about decency, honesty and the imperative to confront the petty discrimination and the overt hostility and violence too many women still endure.

That was a rare, remarkable even historical moment on Capitol Hill.

We share the sentiment passed along after the hearing to her sons by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.: “You should be proud of your mom. She’s a profile in courage and her name will be in the history books long after ours are gone.”