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Christine Blasey Ford nominated for UNC 'Distinguished Alumna' award

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford has been nominated for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus award, WRAL reports.

Ford, a 1988 graduate of UNC, became wrapped up in a national political circus after a letter she discreetly sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was leaked to the media. The letter alleged that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford at a party 36 years ago. Ford ended up testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations, but witnesses she named did not corroborate her story and no evidence was presented to support the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court on Saturday.

The letter nominating Ford for the UNC award explains that she should be recognized for her bravery in coming forward.

“There may be people reading this nomination letter who will take issue with Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony or who may see this letter as an example of partisan politics,” the letter states. “But this letter nominating Dr. Blasey Ford is not about partisan politics: it is about recognizing that the simple act of speaking one’s truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery.”

According to WRAL, the criteria for the Distinguished Alumna award is any graduate who "has made an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life."

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