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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:16

Ellen DeGeneres opened up about sexual abuse at 15

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Ellen DeGeneres

Lesbian comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres opened up about being sexually assaulted at 15.

Actress Busy Philips was recently guest of the Ellen DeGeneres Show after the publication of her book "This Will Only Hurt A Little" in which she says she was raped at 14.

Philips explained that she was inspired by the testimony of psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is one of the women who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

“I was so moved by her bravery,” Phillips told DeGeneres.

“It wasn’t something that I ever felt I was ever going to blast out on social media, but when I saw her standing there speaking her truth after 30 years, I was like, ‘It’s been 25 years for me, and I can do this,'” she added.

“I was 15 and I had something happen to me,” DeGeneres said. “When I watched Dr. Ford—anyone who has had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or says, ‘Why did you wait so long?’

“It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it.

“So you at 14, me at 15, God knows how many people in this audience have had something happen.”

In 2015, DeGeneres first spoke about her sexual assault in an interview. Last year, in one of her show, aired in October, she joined the #MeToo movement.

In an interview that followed the show, DeGeneres explained that she felt responsible for her sexual assault when she was a teenager.

"As a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don't believe it and who say, 'How do you not remember exactly what day it was?' You don't remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were, and how you feel; that's what you remember," she said.

"I was 15 years old and ... I'm not even going to go into the details, it doesn't matter, but we are really vulnerable at that age, and we trust and then when you are violated, you don't know what to do, and you don't wanna say anything, because first of all, you're wondering, 'How did this happen? How was I this stupid?' All these things that you thought you could have controlled, and you can't."

Busy Philips and Ellen DeGeneres are among the many women who spoke in solidarity with Ford. Ellen hopes that the #MeToo hashtag will help other women to have the courage, like her, to speak.

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