To Whom It May Concern:
We are writing as private citizens to communicate our unequivocal support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. We are her colleagues, current and former students, and mentors: those who can attest to her integrity as a professional and as a person.
We are writing in the hopes that Dr. Blasey Ford’s voice is not dismissed as someone who is “politically motivated,” or because “she did not report it earlier,” or because she initially decided to speak anonymously, or for any other of the multitude of reasons victims of sexual assault are often silenced or silence themselves. We feel compelled to use our voice, the voice of those who know her, to communicate our full support, and to attest to her character and integrity.
Dr. Blasey Ford has put herself in the crossfire of a national debate, which is no small act. Her family and her life will be scrutinized. Her integrity will be questioned. She spoke out because she felt morally compelled to provide additional data on the character and moral code of a man who may be determining our citizens’ futures for his lifetime. This is Christine Blasey Ford the scientist, the biostatistician, the teacher. It is her dedication to the data and creating the fullest and most balanced picture that has led her to be a highly respected colleague and mentor.
We are now living in a time in history where we are beginning to do better by giving space to those voices that are less powerful. By coming forward, Dr. Blasey Ford has spoken for men and women in this country whose voices have been silenced. It is our turn to rally around her brave and selfless act, made simply because her moral code dictates that we must have all of the information before coming to conclusions. It is our responsibility to continue in this effort and speak up to support her.
We implore those who read this and hear others trying to silence Dr. Blasey Ford’s voice, by way of character attacks, to stop and listen to what she has to say. We know her and know that she is of the highest moral fortitude, but for those of you who do not we have written this letter to explain why we believe she should be given the space to speak. We have a duty to protect brave voices who are seeking to shed light on the truth. Otherwise democracy fails.
Debra Safer, M.D.; Sarah Adler, Psy.D.; David Spiegel, M.D.; Helena Kraemer, Ph.D.; Timothy J. Avery, Psy.D. (U.S. Navy/OIF Veteran); Chloe Koeffler, M.S.; Diana Corwin Gordon, Psy.D.; Nancy A. Haug, Ph.D.; Kalen Erickson-Moreo, Psy.D.; Cara Bohon, Ph.D.; Lynda Vaterlaus, Psy.D.; Bruce Arnow, Ph.D.; Douglas S. Rait, Ph.D.; Boris Heifets, M.D., Ph.D.; Sophie de Figueiredo, Psy.D.; Jamie Kent, Ph.D.; Rachel Kitazono, Psy.D.; Julia Hoffman, Psy.D.; Linda G. Sattler, Psy.D.; Micaela Birt, Psy.D.; Joanne Chan, Psy.D.; Xiaolong Li, Psy.D.; Douglas F. Levinson, M.D.; Samantha Buchman, Psy.D.; Cheryl Koopman, Ph.D.; Nicholas T. Bott, Psy.D.; Douglas Noordsy, M.D.; Robert M. Holaway, Ph.D.; Lizette Aguirre-Giron, Psy.D.; Emma Salzman, Psy.D.; Catherine Naclerio, Psy.D.; Erin Heinemeyer, Psy.D.; Shashank V. Joshi, M.D.; Priyanka Doshi, Psy.D.; Elizabeth Goodman Gurfien, Psy.D.; Cydney Shindel, Psy.D.; Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D.; Ph.D., Aaron J. Fisher, Ph.D.; Lilya Osipov, Ph.D.; Lisa Schievelbein, Psy.D.; Inna Markus Leiter, Psy.D.; Carolina Borges Knight, Psy.D.; Jennifer Brysacz, Psy.D.; Kathryn Woicicki, Psy.D.; Booil Jo, Ph.D.; Joanna Sletten, M.S.; Peter Aston, M.S.; Hower Kwon, M.D.; Shokooh Miry, Psy.D.; Nishita Agarwal, Psy.D.; Kristen Lohse, Psy.D.; Katherine Taylor, Psy.D.; Jennifer Douglas, Ph.D.; Peter Aston, M.S.; Meredith L. Van Tine, Psy.D., J.D.; Steve Smith, Ph.D.; Regina Koepp, Psy.D., ABPP; William Chan; Kimberly Hill, Ph.D.; Adam Miner, Psy.D.; Nolan Williams, M.D.; Emily Hugo, Psy.D.; Catherine Marino, Psy.D.; Rebecca Goodman; Jessica Nagel; Ellen Spurgeon; Pardis Khosravi, Psy.D.; Kayla Jimenez; Rociel Martinez, Psy.D.; Elisabeth Cordell; Talia Kori; Rachel Weiler, M.Sc.; Alisha Saxena, M.A.; Lian Bloch, Ph.D.; Lynn Waelde, Ph.D.; Aimee Zhang; Amanda S. Vaught, Psy.D.; Rebecca Rothberg, M.A.; Lisa W. Hill, Psy.D.; Anne Allclair, Psy.D.; Caroline Lavoie, Psy.D.; Alina Kurland, Psy.D.; Melissa O’Donnell, Psy.D.; Jennifer Bielenberg, Psy.D.; Ty Canning, Psy.D.; Martina Glenn; Rosemary Hodges, M.S.; Adrienne Bronfeld; Eric Lee, Psy.D.; Melina Foden; Shannon Frank-Richter; Sasha Guillory, M.A.; Iris Hsiao-Jung Lin, Psy.D.; Monica Allen; Nicole Riddle, Psy.D.; Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D.; Caroline Dickens; Lauren Callahan; Patrick MacLeamy, Psy.D.; Kristin LaCross, Psy.D.; Chaniga Vorasarun, Psy.D.; Kate Corcoran, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Solomon, Psy.D.; Dustin Kieschnick, M.S. (USMC/OIF Veteran); Melissa Yanovitch, MSc., Psy.D.; Jennifer B. MacLeamy, Psy.D.; Celia Liu, Psy.D.; Geeta Patangay; Keith D. Sudheimer, Ph.D.; Anneliese Radke, Psy.D.; Allison Thompson, Ph.D.; Julia Birt; Erin Margolis, Psy.D.; Katy H. Stimpson; Peter Cellarius; Oxana Palesh, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Alexis Moore; Daniel Ryu, M.S.; Joseph W. Walling, M.S.; Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.; Maggie Wang, M.A.; Corinne Heimer, Psy.D.; Vivian Oberling, Psy.D.; Caroline Wilkes, Psy.D.; Danielle Schultz, M.A.; Kirk Vandergrift; Meghan Goulet; Louiza Livschitz, M.S.; Lianne Salcido, M.S.; Lindsay Wakayama, M.S.; Yasmin Akbari; Sharon A. Humphrey, Psy.D.; Omar Bravo; Jason Tinero, M.S.; Alaina Baker; Meghan Bhagat, M.S.; Jennifer Stewart; Stacy Chiang, J.D., M.S.; Joyce Cheng; Talya Vogel, M.S.; Emily Nauman; Denise Coquia, M.S.; Louiza Livschitz, M.S.; Shelby Scott Lazarow, M.A., M.S.; Maya Sztainer, M.S.; Sarah Lustiger; Elizabeth Michael, M.Sc.; Marissa Sia, M.A.; Aliza Goldberg; Emily Felber; Laura Pratchett, Psy.D.; Bryna Cooper; Samara Shanker, M.A.; Cheng Qian, Ed.M.; Hannah Ellerkamp; Scott Huckaby, Psy.D.; Jessica Delman, Psy.D.; Anaid Atasuntseva, M.S.; Mai Karitani Manchanda, Psy.D.; Andres A. Ruiz, M.S.; Anna Consla, Psy.D.; Pascale Stemmle, Psy.D.; Jakkz Raines, Psy.D.; Sarah Burton, Psy.D.; Zach Rosenberg, M.S.; Alena Lee, M.S.; Eliza Kienitz, Psy.D.; Chloe Russell, M.S., M.S.Ed.; Katie Flanagan, M.S.; Nicole Kramer-Lange, M.S., M.A.; Alison Alderdice, Psy.D.; Mira Kaufman; Ariane Olsen, M.A.; Chelsea Acker, M.S.; Alix Simonson; Melanie Fox, M.S.; E. Megan Goodwin, Psy.D.; Amanda Mahnke, M.S.; Irene Chui, Psy.D.; Adeline Bortz; Lisa Baldini, M.S.; Emily Pereira, M.S.; Elizabeth Cameron, M.S.; Steffanie Tinsley, M.A., M.S.; Kimberly Wilson, Ph.D.; Melissa McMullin, Psy.D.; Dan Batiuchok, Psy.D.; Chaniga Vorasarun, Psy.D.; Patricia Gisbert, Psy.D.; Cristin Runfola, Ph.D.; Raquel Osorno, Psy.D.; Theresa Brown; Yvette Rico, M.S.; Elise Gibbs, Psy.D.; Julia Yasser, M.S.; Malin Kimoto, Psy.D.