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we salute the brave whistle­blow­ers

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Chris­tine Blasey Ford, the pro­fes­sor ac­cus­ing US Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh of sex­ual as­sault (which he stren­u­ously de­nies), stood up in front of the Se­nate last week and, with a ner­vous dig­nity, told her story to the world. Ford says it’s her civic duty, but in giv­ing her tes­ti­mony she put her­self in the fir­ing line – her fam­ily has had to move house be­cause of death threats. But her story res­onates with vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault ev­ery­where. And on the one-year an­niver­sary of #Metoo, we couldn’t be wit­ness­ing a more stark re­minder of the im­por­tance of a move­ment that en­cour­ages vic­tims to come for­ward with their sto­ries of past abuse by pow­er­ful men.

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