In a revealing Instagram post, actress Busy Philipps opened up about being raped as a teenager.
The 39-year-old mother of two came forward with her sexual assault story on Thursday, sharing a high school yearbook photo of herself on Instagram and stating that it took her more than 20 years to speak openly about what she'd gone through.
“This is me at 14,” she wrote alongside the photo. “The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words.”
Philipps wrote about the experience in her soon-to-be-released book, “This Will Only Hurt A Little,” she said. Her memoir will be hitting shelves on Oct. 16.
“I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago,” Philipps wrote. “Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us.”
Philipps shared her story amid the ongoing controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have all accused Kavanaugh of having sexually assaulted them in the past, sparking a flurry of national debate.
Philipps’ post seems to have been made in support of Dr. Ford, who endured a contentious Senate hearing on Thursday, where she described her allegations in detail. Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
“I’m scared to post this,” wrote. “I can't imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”
Philipps is one of numerous celebrities who have been inspired to share their stories of sexual assault in the wake of the Kavanaugh allegations.
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi wrote about being molested as a child and raped as a teen in an op-ed for The New York Times this week.
She said of Kavanaugh’s accusers, “I understand why both would keep this information to themselves for so many years, without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing.”
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