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America Ferrera Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted At The Age of 9

October 17, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
America Ferrera

After the news broke of Harvey Weinstein being accused of sexually harassing or assaulting a plethora of women in Hollywood, a lot of people have come forward with their own tales of sexual assault. In addition to actors and actresses revealing their stories, a new hashtag on social media, #MeToo, has women revealing they too have been the victims of harassment, assault or outright rape. America Ferrera, former star of Ugly Betty, revealed that she was assaulted at the age of nine.

In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “Me too. First time I can remember being sexually assaulted, I was 9 years old. I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt of thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man. I had to see this man on a daily basis for years to come. He would smile at me and wave, and I would hurry past him, my blood running cold, my guts carrying the burden of what only he & I knew ― that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back. Ladies, let’s break the silence so the next generation of girls won’t have to live with this bullshit.

#metoo

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