Ellen DeGeneres and Busy Philipps Share Sexual Assault Stories

Busy Philipps was inspired by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s courage to share her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at public hearings in front of the entire country last week. So inspired, Philipps took to Instagram last week to reveal that she was raped at age 14. On Wednesday, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the pair had an open, often emotional conversation about assault, politics and the challenges of modern parenthood. Philipps said: "It wasn’t something that I felt like 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 for me. I can do this. We can all do this.’ 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." She added, "It was hard. And really scary … I have a 10-year-old, so when I look at that baby referring to a photo of herself at 14, I see my kid … It’s sadly the most unoriginal horror." DeGeneres hinted at a dark incident in her past as well, saying that "something" happened to her when she was 15, but she didn’t go into detail. The 60-year-old talk show host said: "When I watched Dr. Ford, anyone that’s 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." Philipps responded: "I’m so sorry that happened to you. I’m sorry that happened to all of us, and we can do better for our kids and the next generation, and we will."