She criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment". "She could feel that this was upon her and very sensibly decided the best thing to do at point was to come at this head on and be forthright and follow through on what she started". "I know all too painfully that being a person of faith does not stop men from being sexual predators".
Of the consequences of speaking out, Ford said her "greatest fears have been realised" adding "my family have been the targets of harassment and death threats".
"To the extent the attached letter is referring to me as the "friend [who] was dating him, ' the allegations it makes are both offensive and absurd". Sheldon Whitehouse that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman the resident described as a "close acquaintance" in August 1985.
The new allegations, submitted in the form of an anonymous complaint sent to Republican Senator Cory Gardner, were discussed with Kavanaugh on a call with Senate investigators, the NBC News reported Wednesday.
Ms Ford will testify first at the hearing, which starts at 10am (3pm United Kingdom time) and at her request is being held in a small hearing room that seats only a few dozen spectators.
President Donald Trump will also be watching the hearing.
As Ford was testifying on the alleged assault before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democratic Sen.
Kavanaugh's confirmation seemed assured until a California college professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accused the appeals court judge of attempting to rape her when they were high school teenagers.
I am here today not because I want to be.
The information was released as part of a day-by-day view of the committee's investigative work over the last two weeks since allegations surfaced targeting Kavanaugh.
Swetnick says she wants the American public to have the facts and "judge for themselves". "Judge Kavanaugh flatly denied any such event ever happened".