Assembly District 9: Elk Grove · Galt · Lodi · South Sacramento

FOX40 VIDEO: Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Continues to Speak Out About Own Sexual Assault Amid Kavanaugh Controversy

It's been 37 years since Stafford found herself in the shame tied to rape by a friend, a shame that would be recreated by that friend's brother.

"And I fought and I cried and I said, 'No,'" Stafford said.

By that time in life she was already a victim of child abuse and on her way to being a third-generation survivor of domestic violence as a result of her first husband.

In her family, private pain was kept private.

"All of that had taught me that being a woman was not safe," she said.

It's part of a disturbing message Stafford saw replaying as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was criticized for finally sharing what she says happened to her at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. A second woman, Debbie Ramirez, has stepped forward to accuse Kavanaugh as well.

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