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Christine Blasey Ford to testify she believes it's her 'civic duty' to share what she says happened with Kavanaugh

When she testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford will identify Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "the boy who sexually assaulted me" during a party while they were both teenagers in Maryland.

Her prepared remarks were released Wednesday, ahead of the hearing. Ford, a professor living in California, went public about her accusation against Kavanaugh earlier this month. "I am here today not because I want to be," she is expected to tell the panel. "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school."

Ford will share what she remembers about the incident, including: "I believed he was going to rape me." Kavanaugh will also appear before the committee, and he plans on saying that while he did "sometimes" drink too much with friends while in high school, he did not do "anything remotely resembling" what Ford is describing.