Busy Philipps was raped when she was just 14.
The actress revealed this on Instagram Thursday, posting her story while Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
‘This is me at 14. The age I was raped,’ wrote Philipps, who posted a photo of herself from that time.
‘It’s taken me 25 years to say those words.’
Philipps was a freshman in high school and living in Arizona at the time, four years before she would head to Hollywood and became a household name thanks to her roles on the television series Freaks & Geeks and Dawson’s Creek.
She is now married to writer and director Marc Silverstein and the couple have two children, Birdie, 10, and 6-year-old Cricket.
Brave admission: Busy Philipps revealed on Instagram that she was raped at the age of 14, writing: ‘I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now’ (Philipps above at 14 and her post on instagram)
Speaking out: ‘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,’ declared Philipps
‘I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago,’ wrote Philipps.
‘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.’
The actress’ brave admission was met with declarations of love and support from the likes of Lena Headey, Jenna Fischer and Katie Couric.
‘You are brave. You are loved,’ wrote Couric.
January Jones, Aimee Mann and Ione Skye also showed support for the actress, 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. ‘