After the hearing, the Girls star tweeted her support for Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982. Kavanaugh has denied the claims, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.
“I’m hugely grateful to this woman today,” wrote Kirke, 33. “#IBelieveChristineBlaseyFord.”
Sharing her story in a statement, the actress tried to illustrate why victims so often don’t come forward.
“Ok f— it. When I was 22 I was raped by my drug dealer,” she began. “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.”
“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,” she continued. “My rape had nothing to do with my choices. Drug dealers don’t rape people anymore than a family man does. The rehab counselors didn’t correct that belief. My own mother didn’t correct it. F— 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,” Kirke — who portrayed Jessa on Girls — concluded. “I can’t prevent that. She can’t prevent that. But no matter what the circumstances, it won’t be her fault.”
Kirke is the latest of a string of Hollywood stars to share their own story in the wake of Thursday’s hearings.
“It’s taken me 25 years to say those words,” wrote the Dawson’s Creek alum. “I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”
“Today is the day we are silent no more,” Philipps continued. “All of us. I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”
“I thought no one would believe me. I didn’t want to be called dramatic. After all I didn’t say no. Shock can do that to a person,” she wrote. “#believewomen #metoo #ibelieveher.”
On Friday morning, Senator Jeff Flake, the lone swing Republican vote on the Judiciary Committee, said he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With his vote, Republicans on the committee have enough votes to advance the judge’s nomination to the full Senate. A final committee vote is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.
If you or someone you care about is affected by sexual violence, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).