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.