Yesterday’s U.S. Senate hearing started with Christine Blasey Ford's voice shaking, as she fought back tears. Ford delivered a statement laying out what she says happened to her, allegedly at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Ford's testimony resonated with a lot of women, and it prompted a woman named Theresa from the South End to call in to WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. Theresa doesn't want her last name used, but she did agree to a follow-up interview with WGBH’s All Things Considered anchor Barbara Howard. The following transcript has been edited for clarity.

Barbara Howard: What compelled you to call in as you watched Dr. Ford being questioned?

Theresa: It felt like they were talking and questioning me, and my memory and lack thereof. I really never thought about it or remembered it again until I was middle aged and sitting with a group of women who were talking about, you know, anything like has this ever happened to you. Have you ever been sexually assaulted as a child? And at first I was saying "no," and then I went, "oh yeah, yes, I have." And my friend said "what, you couldn't remember that?" And I said, "well, it wasn't that I couldn't remember it, I just didn't remember it." I put it away and I did not take it out to remember it.

Howard: Did remembering it change things for you?

Theresa: Not significantly, and I think that's why maybe my not remembering it really helped me not to be so traumatized by it. I think as an 11-year-old who was not very knowledgeable, I really didn't understand it, I don't think. It was just a shameful thing.

Howard: Can you talk about what happened?

Theresa: Essentially, a beloved fourth grade teacher had left school to have a baby. She's the kind of teacher that the whole class really loved — she gave everybody a hug.

So when she left, I stayed in touch, and I went to visit her a few times. I remember my sister was going to drop me off, and I went there, and she wasn't there when I arrived. But my sister, not knowing any better, just left me, dropped me off. And my teacher's husband is the man who abused me.

He took me to a drive-in movie. So we went to the movie, and sitting in the car, he says "why don’t you sit over here, by me, and be my date?" And then he puts his hand in my panties, and he said "does that feel good?" And I said "no, it hurts." So I was really lucky in that at that point he stopped and took me home.

I told no one. To me, what happened was so shameful. Even though I didn't really understand what happened and I certainly didn't have the understanding that I was a victim and he was a predator. I just knew it was shameful and it was not something to be talked about.

Howard: Well, it took you 30 years to talk about it.

Theresa: Yes, I still don't talk about it. And when all of this recently came up, I told one of my dearest friends. I had never told him, I'd known him for 40 years. I never told my husband, whom I was married to for 10 years, the father of my daughter. Never told him. I am 70 years old now. You know, I don't really know what there is to be done about something like that at this age, but I know one thing that's not to be done. And one thing that’s not to be done is for our culture to stay the same.

Howard: Thank you, Theresa.

Theresa: You're welcome.

Howard: That's Theresa - whose last name we’ve agreed not to use - from the South End, who called in to WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. She says she was sexually assaulted at age 11. And she talked about how hard it was to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detail her own sexual assault, allegedly at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This is WGBH’s All Things Considered.