While discussing the #MeToo movement with actress Busy Philipps on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres opened up surviving a sexual assault when she was a teenager
Philipps, promoting her new book This Will Only Hurt a Little on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, discussed how she decided to come forward about the rape she survived when she was 14.
#tbt This is me at 14. 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 4 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.
With a picture of a young Philipps projected behind them, the women said they were both moved by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, where Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were teenagers.
“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?’"
She added: “It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it.”
DeGeneres first came forward in 2005 about being molested by her stepfather. After being groped, the abuse escalated.
"I had to kick a window out and escape and sleep in a hospital all night long," DeGeneres told Allure. While first coming forward, she noted, "It's important for teenage girls out there to hear that there are different ways to say no. And if it ever happens to them, they should tell someone right away."
Her admiration for Ford stems from that sentiment.
"People, first of all, need to teach your children to speak up and don't ever keep something in. Don't ever be ashamed and think that it's your problem and your fault," DeGeneres concluded. "Because it's never your fault. You're a child."
Watch the full interview below.