Palo Alto University Public Statement Regarding Professor Christine Blasey Ford

September 18, 2018

Contact: Rebecca Levy
(650) 433-3838

Palo Alto CA – Palo Alto University (PAU) professor Christine Blasey Ford is a valued and highly respected member of the Palo Alto University community. She is passionate about her work, dedicated to her students, and a wonderful colleague and contributor to the field of psychology. As a university dedicated to the study and practice of psychology and counseling, we are especially attuned to the challenges and consequences of experiencing trauma, and the courage it requires to speak publicly about that experience. And, as an institution of higher learning, we understand the importance of providing service to society and participating actively in civic life.

Professor Blasey Ford has exercised her right to engage in public discourse by discussing a traumatic experience that has affected her life. We acknowledge that her decision to come forward is courageous, especially in the context of the political discussions around the appointment of leaders to our country’s highest court. Professor Blasey is surrounded by a strong support network, and is appreciative of the care and concern shown by members of our community. 

We also recognize that public discussions of these challenging issues can cause re-traumatization and distress for those who have experienced trauma or have friends or loved ones who have. Our greatest concern is for the health and well-being of our university community, so in that spirit, we are sharing some area resources below that might be of assistance. 

Together, we are strong and resilient. The work you are all doing in your classrooms and in the community to address trauma, anxiety, and the mental health needs of so many is making a real difference in our world.


About Palo Alto University
Palo Alto University is dedicated to improving the human condition through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship in the fields of psychology and counseling. With an unwavering commitment to diversity and to the communities it serves, PAU offers doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s programs, as well as hands-on clinical training. A private, non-profit university, PAU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Connect at:


YWCA: Provides medical and legal advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and information and referral for sexual assault survivors and their significant others.

Family & Children Services: Provides couples and individual counseling; and counseling program for families affected by domestic violence.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center-Sexual Assault Response Team (SART):  Designated hospital for Santa Clara County with a special Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) that provides free medical-legal exams, evidence collection, pregnancy and STI prophylaxis, and treatment to survivors of sexual assault.  Exams can be coordinated by the YWCA 24-hour hotline 650-725-9955.

RAINN:  Free national sexual assault hotline. Free, confidential support is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE and or

Low Fee Counseling Resources:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Offers resources for survivors, friends or family, and advocates or educators on how to get help after a sexual assault, how to best support survivors, and the healing process.

Rape Trauma Services: