I am a sexual assault survivor, and I don’t want you to just take my word for it

If belief were based on feeling, then Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony would have won me over.

I was unable to stop the tears as Ford described the days following the alleged assault by stating she had convinced herself that, because she wasn’t raped, she “should just move on and just pretend that it didn’t happen.”

Whether or not she is telling the truth about these allegations, the feelings that she identified are very real for survivors of sexual assault. I know this, because I am one.

Ford’s testimony transported me back to when I was a frightened 16-year-old girl, alone in the aftermath, just trying to make sense of the nightmare I’d endured.