In a powerful testimony on September 27th, professor and research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford spoke publicly about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. She has kept a low profile in the almost three months since then, but last night, December 11th, Ford made her first public appearance since the hearing at the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards. She honored fellow survivor and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
Sports Illustrated named Denhollander its 2018 “Inspiration of the Year.” In a video statement during the awards, Ford introduced Denhollander, speaking with admiration about her courage in exposing Nassar’s decades of abuse.
Since Denhollander’s account of Nassar’s abuse appeared in the Indianapolis Star in 2016, more than 300 other women have come forward with their own allegations, according to Sports Illustrated. In January, the disgraced doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault. In her introduction, Ford spoke of the courage and inspiration Denhollander gave Nassar’s other victims.
The Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award ceremony will air on NBC Sports on December 13th at 9 p.m. EST. We can think of no one more fitting than Ford to help recognize Denhollander and her bravery.