Tweet in support of Christine Blasey Ford

Today Jemima tweeted about something very private, something that happened to her when she was only 22 years old and she did it in the support of Christine Blasey Ford, news that nobody in the world could have missed. We are very proud of Jemima for telling this story.

“I’m hugely grateful to this woman today.
OK, f–k it. When I was 22 I was raped by my drug dealer. After I kindly asked him to leave (I didn’t want to make him angry), I dragged myself to the hospital. After the various STD tests, the doctor said sympathetically, ‘You gotta start looking after yourself.’ I believed what he meant was, ‘This could have been prevented if you weren’t hanging out with a drug dealer.’ It would seem that the responsibility was on me and for this reason I didn’t tell anyone and I didn’t report it,” she said. “I was ashamed because I believed that what had happened to me was a result of having very little self-worth, that this was what happens to drug addicts.

This is wrong. My rape had nothing to do with my choices. Drug dealers don’t rape people any more than a family man does. The rehab counselors didn’t correct that belief. My own mother didn’t correct it. F–k anyone who meant well but told me to look at this ‘as a sign’ that I needed help. It is likely that my daughter will one day be sexually assaulted. I can’t prevent that. She can’t prevent that. But no matter what the circumstances, it won’t be her fault.”

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