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December 19, 2018

Actress Busy Philipps reveals she was raped as teenager, credits Christine Blasey Ford with inspiring her to come forward

September 28, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford testified against Brett Kavanaugh Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Saul Loeb / AP)

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s brave face and powerful testimony Thursday in front of the Senate proved inspiring for millions of sexual assault victims across the country — including some famous faces.

Actress and author Busy Philipps took to Instagram amid Ford’s testimony to give the psychology professor a shoutout and to reveal that she, too, was a teenage victim of sexual assault.




“This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It’s taken me about 25 years to say those words,” Philipps wrote alongside an old school photo of herself. “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.”

The “Cougar Town” actress, 39, added that she also recently found the courage to discuss her rape in her book, “This Will Only Hurt a Little,” which is due out next month.

Ford, 51, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in the early ’80s.

In her emotional opening statement, Ford said that she believed it her “civic duty” to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged assault, which she says involved Kavanaugh pushing her on a bed, grinding against her and trying to take her clothes off.

She claims to have eventually escaped after his friend Mark Judge entered the room and jumped on the bed, knocking the trio to the floor.

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” Ford said.

Ford also choked back tears as she recalled Kavanaugh and Judge laughing as they attacked her.

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” she said “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another.”

Celebrities — including Philipps — have continued to show support for Ford since her allegations went public earlier this month.

Philipps shared an Instagram last week addressed to Ivanka Trump urging the first daughter to use her access to “demand that Professor Ford’s request for a full, fair, trauma-informed investigation by the FBI be held.”

Stars such as Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore also collaborated on a video in which they each read lines of a letter addressed to Ford telling her they believed her claims.

The supportive social media messages continued to flood in Thursday, including from actress Ashley Judd, one of the earliest and most vocal proponents of the #MeToo movement.

“I do NOT know how I got home after I was raped at 15,” Judd wrote on Twitter after Ford claimed not to know how she returned home from the party in question. “No memory of it. Neither does she. #ChristinaBlaseyFord (sic).”

“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland also wrote on Twitter that she believed Ford, and chimed in with her own explanation as to why she did not report her sexual assault.




“He was a friend. It was New Year’s Eve my senior year of high school. Everyone was drunk,” she wrote. “He broke in to the bathroom I was in. I hoped it was a dream but my ripped tights in the morning 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.”

Alyssa Milano, meanwhile, wrote that she believed Ford’s testimony, while Ellen DeGeneres added that she is “in awe” of Ford’s bravery.

Milano was present Thursday as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“We’re here to support her and show our solidarity,” Milano told CNN. “ This can’t be an easy day for her.”




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