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Busy Philipps Opens Up About Her Sexual Assault When She Was 14-Years-Old

Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before Congress on the morning of Thursday, September 27, has sparked a new wave of testimony from women speaking out against sexual assault. In many cases, women are sharing their stories of how they were victimized and why they stayed silent for many years following their encounters.

Busy Philipps of Cougar Town, ER, and Dawson’s Creek, was so inspired by Ford’s testimony that she shared the deeply personal story of her rape on Instagram. She was 14 at the time.

Posting a picture of herself at age 14, Philipps noted that she was silent for years after her rape, despite the fact that she’s achieved huge amounts of success and power in Hollywood:

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.

Ford’s situation also inspired Philipps to pen this note to Ivanka Trump:

Though Ivanka’s influence over her father, President Trump, has been called into question many times in the past, some women are hoping that she’ll use her connections to the President to thwart Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination:

Dear @IvankaTrump, you don’t follow me on social media. But as a public servant, you work for me. You’ve proclaimed yourself a feminist and a champion of women’s rights. Right now, you have an opportunity to fight for women and survivors. Use your access to demand that Professor Ford’s request for a full, fair, trauma-informed investigation by the FBI be held. Use your access to make sure another abuser is not seated on the Supreme Court. 

On Twitter, fans thanked Philipps for sharing her truth:

Philipps continues to inspire fans with her bravery and receive comfort from them in return. It’s time for women’s silence to end.

H/T – Glamour, Fox News

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--