Busy Philipps opened up about being sexually assaulted as a teenager | Social
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- During the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing, Busy Philipps revealed she was raped when she was 14 years old.
- On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, she spoke out about her experience and why she’s decided to come forward.
- Philipps also wrote about the experience in her book, “This Will Only Hurt A Little.”
Busy Philipps went public with her sexual assault last week in the midst of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing – and now the actress is opening up about why she’s decided to speak out about such a difficult topic.
Philipps spoke at length on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday about her experience being assaulted as a 14-year-old. Though she did write about her experience in her book, “This Will Only Hurt A Little,” she never planned to “blast” her experience on social media.
Philipps explained that Dr. Blasey Ford’s – one of the women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct and testified during his Supreme Court Senate Judiciary Hearing – courage inspired her to come forward.
“I was so moved by her bravery,” she said. “And it wasn’t something that I felt like I was ever going to like 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 for me and I can do this. I can do this. We can all do this.”
The day of Dr. Ford’s emotional testimony, Philipps shared a harrowing Instagram post
“This is me at 14,” she wrote. “The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it four months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”
“I feel like it’s, politically whatever you believe, I feel like it’s a real moment of reckoning for women that we have, sort of collectively, carried this burden for so long and it’s time to share it and let it out,” she told DeGeneres. “It was hard. And really scary.”
Philipps then pointed out the similarity in age between herself at 14 and her daughter now.
“Sorry,” she said, her voice wavering. “I have a 10-year-old, so when I look at that … baby, I see my kid,” she said, looking at the Instagram photo of herself as a 14-year-old.
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show
DeGeneres then revealed that she had “something” happen to her when she was a teenager too and asked members of the audience to raise their hands if something similar had happened to them.
“I’m so sorry that happened to you,” Philipps told DeGeneres. “I’m so sorry that happened to all of us. And if we can do better for our kids and for the next generation, we will.”
Philipps isn’t the only woman speaking out in solidarity with Dr. Ford
“Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland shared her #whyididntreport story the same day as Kavanaugh’s testimony as well.
“He was a friend,” she shared on Twitter. “It was New Year’s Eve my senior year of high school. Everyone was drunk. He broke into the bathroom I was in. I hoped it was a dream but my ripped tights proved otherwise. I thought no one would believe me. I didn’t want to be called dramatic. After all, I didn’t say no. Shock can do that to a person.”
“#believe women,” she concluded, “#ibelieveher.”
If you or someone you know are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
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