While there has been extensive support expressed publicly from friends, colleagues, neighbors and in-laws for Christine Blasey Ford after she accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, her blood relatives have avoided the press and remained publicly silent, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Ford's father, Ralph Blasey Jr. did say briefly the entire family supports her.
"I think her record stands for itself: Her schooling, her jobs and so on," he said. "I think any father would have love for his daughter."
But the Blasey family's reticence is in stark contrast to the outpouring of public support from those who know her as she prepares to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ford's mother-in-law, Ruth Guthery, said she has "no idea" why the Blaseys have not shown public support for their daughter. Guthery is a registered Republican, as are Blasey Ford's parents, but Guthery did not hesitate to sign the Ford family letter describing Christine as a woman of "impeccable character."
It is unclear if Blasey Ford's parents will attend the hearing.
"It's got to be such a difficult situation for that family," Hale Boggs III, a classmate of Blasey Ford's brother in the late 1970s, told the Post. "It's a very close-knit community where a lot of families know each other."
Fear of retribution might be a reason for the Blasey family's silence, said Ford's sister-in-law Deborah Peters.
"The reasons that survivors don't report are the same reasons people might be reticent to come out in the public to support a survivor," she said. "I don't know if Chrissy's parents are afraid of being disbelieved or are afraid of being attacked verbally."
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