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Busy Phillips was raped when she was 14. Now, she’s ready to speak her truth.

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“I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words.”

On Thursday 27 September, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared before a Senate judiciary committee hearing in Washington DC.

With the world’s eyes upon her, Ford testified against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, alleging that he sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early Eighties, when they were both teenagers. 

Her emotionally-charged testimony has had a huge impact on many people, particularly women. Since Ford began recalling the incident under oath, a large number of individuals have come forward to share stories of their own personal trauma.

And Hollywood’s Busy Phillips is among those who have felt compelled to finally speak their truth.

In an Instagram posted Thursday morning, Phillips shared an old photo of herself at 14-years-old. When she was this age, the Dawson’s Creek actress claims she was raped.

“#TBT This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words,” she shared with her followers.

“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.”

Phillips added: “I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”

Philipps did not go into any further details about the sexual assault, but said that she wrote about it in her upcoming book, This Will Only Hurt A Little, which is due to be published in October.

Phillips’ brave admission has been met with support from hundreds of followers and famous friends.

“Aww my love. Your honesty is healing. Sending you so much love,” Jenna Dewan shared in the comments section.

Jenna Fisher added, “I love you. I believe you. I hear you. I see you. You

are safe now. #MeToo.”

Lena Headey, Katie Couric, January Jones, Aimee Mann and Ione Skye also showed support for Phillips, as did her close friend Ed Roste and Kelly Oxford.

And, minutes after Philipps spoke out about her sexual assault, Oxford also shared her story.

“By age fourteen I had already been sexually assaulted by three men. A peer, a man on a bus and a doctor,’ wrote Oxford, also sharing a photo fo herself from that time.

“I would go on to be assaulted by a man who followed me into a women’s bathroom and by another doctor. We will not stay silent. We stand by Dr. Ford today.”

For confidential and free support about rape or sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at 800.656.HOPE. You can also IM anonymously at online.rainn.org.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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