Watching the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has been no easy feat, especially when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 27. But for her, that experience must’ve been even harder as she had to share and recount her trauma in front of not just a room full of people, but cameras that placed her in a national spotlight.
Throughout her testimony, she maintained her composure and answered questions to the best of her ability, and much of what she had to say resonated with survivors of sexual assault. One quote in particular, though, stood out from the rest.
When asked by Senator Patrick Leahy to explain a detail that stayed with her most from her alleged assault, Christine Blasey Ford said it was Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge’s laughter after Kavanaugh allegedly asaulted her. “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” she testified. “The uproarious laughter between the two, and they’re having fun at my expense… I was underneath one of them, while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another.”
It’s clear that one moment was strongly impressed in her memory and had stuck out beyond the rest of the encounter for all these years. She brought it up again later when Senator Amy Klobuchar asked her not what she remembered, but what she couldn’t forget. “The stairwell,” she answered. “The living room. The bedroom. The bed on the right side of the room. As you walk into the room there was a bed to the right. The bathroom in close proximity. The laughter, the uproarious laughter. And the multiple attempts to escape and the final ability to do so.”
Brett Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations. It’s clear, though, that regardless of what else is said, hearing about that “uprorarious laughter” will stay with us — just as it stayed with her.