Alum, faculty and students at Ford's alma mater take out full page ad supporting her

Alum, faculty and students at Ford's alma mater take out full page ad supporting her
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Alumni, faculty and students at the University of North Carolina on Wednesday took out a full-page advertisement in the school's student newspaper to support fellow alumna, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The ad, which ran in The Daily Tar Heel, states in bold letters, "We believe and support UNC alumna Dr. Christine Blasey Ford." It is signed by almost six hundred UNC community members.

Ford has publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week about her allegations, which Kavanaugh has denied vehemently. 

"We stand with her and with all victims of sexual violence," the ad reads. "You are not alone."

The page, designed by UNC student Patty Matos, features the names of the ad's supporters lining its top and bottom. The page also includes the number for a local Rape Crisis Center hotline.

Insaaf Mohamed, a 2018 graduate of UNC, told The Hill that the idea for the ad was inspired by the historic full-page advertisement published in The New York Times in support of Anita Hill, which was organized and paid for by 1,600 black women in 1991. 

Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the early 1990s with an allegation that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. 

A group of 1,600 men took out a similar ad supporting Ford and Hill in the Times in late September, an homage to its 1991 predecessor.

"Dr. Ford … described in the hearing how her time at UNC was affected by what she went through," Mohamed told The Hill. "So I felt like it was important for UNC students to come behind her and support her but also for people who may have gone through the same thing or similar situations to see that they’re not alone and that people do support them." 

Ford, during her testimony on Thursday, said she continued to be affected by the assault when she was a student at UNC. She said the lasting trauma hurt her academic and social life.

The UNC ad was paid for through crowdfunding efforts by Mohamed. She said people continued to donate even after the ad goal was met.

The extra $630 raised was donated to a local rape crisis center, Mohamed said.