Sen. Chris Coons released a statement Sept. 22 after Christine Blasey Ford accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s invitation to testify later this week.

“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard, and the Senate Judiciary Committee owes her a fair hearing where she is treated with respect, not interrogated by outside lawyers. We should also hear from experts in sexual assault who can provide critical context for her testimony, given that many sexual assault victims never discuss their experiences and face difficulties for years or decades,” said Coons.

“Dr. Ford’s decision to come forward took real courage. Let’s all remember that Dr. Ford is not on trial, rather Judge (Brett) Kavanaugh is seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Dr. Ford is providing critical testimony relevant to Judge Kavanaugh’s character and should be treated with the respect she deserves,” said Coons.