Legendary broadcast journalist, Connie Chung, penned a powerful letter in the Washington Post detailing the time she got sexually assaulted. The 72-year-old first writes, “Dear Christine Blasey Ford, I, too, was sexually assaulted…” She writes that even though she doesn’t remember the exact time and date of the sexual assault by her doctor it left an unforgettable mark in her memory.
This comes at a time when many women are speaking up about being sexually assaulted following the ME TOO movement and now the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford. Chung recalls that she was molested around 50 years ago by her family doctor. While in college she went to her doctor to ask for “birth control pills, an IUD or a diaphragm.” Still a virgin, and never having had a gynecological exam, she did what the doctor told her to do, and got up on the examination table and put her feet up on the stirrups. That’s when the doctor molested her.
“While I stared at the ceiling, his right index finger massaged my clitoris. With his right middle finger inserted in my vagina, he moved both fingers rhythmically. He coached me verbally in a soft voice, “Just breathe. ‘Ah-ah,’ ” mimicking the sound of soft breathing. “You’re doing fine,” he assured me. Suddenly, to my shock, I had an orgasm for the first time in my life. My body jerked several times. Then he leaned over, kissed me, a peck on my lips, and slipped behind the curtain to his office area,” Chung wrote.
Chung understands why Dr. Christine Bailey Ford did not speak up sooner. “At the time, I think I may have told one of my sisters. I certainly did not tell my parents. I did not report him to authorities. It never crossed my mind to protect other women. Please understand, I was actually embarrassed about my sexual naivete. I was in my 20s and knew nothing about sex. All I wanted to do was bury the incident in my mind and protect my family.”
There were a lot of people that doubted Dr. Ford and her testimony. They even went so far as to say she was doing it for money and attention. Judge Brett Kavanaugh even went so far as to say that the sexual allegations against him were some kind of left-wing Clinton scam to smear his name. But for all the women who are speaking up now, Dr. Christine Bailey Ford’s testimony rings too close to home. Connie Chung ends her letter with, “I wish I could forget this truthful event, but I cannot because it is the truth. I am writing to you because I know that exact dates, exact years are insignificant. We remember exactly what happened to us and who did it to us. We remember the truth forever.”
“Bravo, Christine, for telling the truth.”