Ellen DeGeneres Speaks Out About Her Own Experience with Sexual Assault


As the country continues to struggle with the ongoing conversation surrounding the all too common plight of sexual assault, Ellen DeGeneres used her talk show to speak out about her own experience.

“I was 15 and I had something happen to me,” DeGeneres says during the Wednesday (Oct. 3) episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as she was interviewing Busy Phillips, who also admitted to going through her own sexual abuse as a teenager. “When I watched (the Senate testimony of) Dr. (Christine Blasey) 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?’”

And then, she answered her own question.

“It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it,” DeGeneres continued. “So you at 14, me at 15, God knows how many people in this audience have had something happen.”

Phillips went on to say that she too was touched by Ford’s bravery.

“It wasn’t something that I ever felt 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 years for me, and I can do this,’” Phillips says. “We can all do this.”

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.