Published 7:36 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018
In a powerful letter to Christine Blasey Ford published Wednesday in the Washington Post, American journalist Connie Chung wrote that the memory of her sexual assault by a family doctor who delivered her is "forever seared in my memory."
"Dear Christine Blasey Ford, I, too, was sexually assaulted — not 36 years ago but about 50 years ago. I have kept my dirty little secret to myself. Silence for five decades," Chung wrote.
Chung was in college in the 1960s when the assault occurred, she wrote. "The exact date and year are fuzzy. But details of the event are vivid — forever seared in my memory," but Chung said she is "100 percent" sure who assaulted her.
Like Chung, Ford has said she cannot remember every detail surrounding the attack. Ford testified before Congress that she and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were in high school when Kavanaugh held her down, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth at a party.
Kavanaugh, who has faced accusation of sexual misconduct from other women, has vehemently denied all allegations against him.
While some have criticized to Ford's memory gaps, experts told USA TODAY last month that the brain processes trauma differently and that not remembering some details does not mean all others are inaccurate.
As Chung wrote toward the end of her letter to Ford: "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."
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In detailing her assault, Chung described how she went to her family doctor for birth control. She said the doctor asked her to undress below the waist in the office in his Georgetown home.
Chung explained in detail how the doctor molested her during the gynecological exam.
After the assault, "He leaned over, kissed me, a peck on my lips, and slipped behind the curtain to his office area," Chung wrote. "I don’t remember saying anything to him. I could not even look at him. I quickly dressed and drove home."
Chung said she never reported the incident to police nor told her parents, similar to Ford and many other sexual assault survivors.
"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," Chung wrote.
As accounts of the #MeToo movement were published in the media throughout the last year, Chung said her "dirty little secret reared its ugly head."
Although the doctor died some 30 years ago, Chung described how the memory of the assault still affects her, refusing to look at his home office whenever she drives past it today.
"Christine, I, too, am terrified as I reveal this publicly. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. Can you? If you can’t, I understand. I am frightened, I am scared, I can’t even cry," Chung wrote.
Chung ended her letter thanking Ford: "Bravo, Christine, for telling the truth."
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