Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) issued the following statement after nominating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

"I am nominating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for this year’s Profile in Courage Award because there is no one more deserving of this honor and distinction. She is the face of women speaking truth to power in the fight for equality. She is the face of every sexual assault survivor who has had to defend herself or himself when it is the perpetrator who should be on trial. She spoke for so many who have been robbed of justice. She is a hero of the highest caliber.

And she did all of this knowing she was guaranteed to suffer ceaseless character assassination attempts, torment, and abuse. Since coming forward, she has faced death threats and was forced to flee her home with her family for their safety while having to cope with the trauma of reliving that life-altering physical and emotional violation.

She testified under oath, broadcast for the world to see, and asserted repeatedly that she was 100 percent certain that then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Her detailed recollection of Kavanaugh pushing her into a bedroom, holding her down, and putting his hand over her mouth before she was able to break free gives me chills to this day. Even President Trump recognized her testimony was 'very compelling' and said she was a 'very credible witness.'

Dr. Blasey Ford’s conviction in fulfilling her civic duty and doing what was right makes her a courageous role model for all Americans."