Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Her Stepfather Sexually Assaulted Her
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres shared that she was too scared to tell anyone at the time, but felt that she needs to encourage other women to speak up
Famed comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres recently graced the second season of David Letterman's Netflix show, My Guest Needs No Introduction where she revealed that she was groped by her stepfather when she was just a teenager. The star added that by sharing her horrible experience, she hopes to encourage other victims of sexual assault to come forward and speak up, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Opening up about her case of sexual assault, the 61-year-old comedian said, "I’m angry at myself because I was too weak to stand up. I was 15 or 16. It’s a really horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that.”
DeGeneres told Letterman that during her teenage year, her mother, Betty DeGeneres, married a "very bad man". Later, her mother had to go undergo breast removal was she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which is when DeGeneres' stepfather took advantage of the situation and sexually assaulted her. She continued, “When my mother was out of town, he told me that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel mine. Back then, I didn’t know about bodies. He convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tried to do it again another time. One time, he tried to break my door down but I kicked the window out and ran because I knew it was going to go more to something.” The actress added that she never told her mother about it at the time because she was she was “protecting her” and that telling her about any of it would "ruin her happiness."
“I should never have protected her, I should’ve protected myself. I didn’t tell her for a few years but when I did, she didn’t believe me. She stayed with him for 18 more years,” shared DeGeneres, adding that her mother finally left him because he kept changing his story.
The talk show host told Letterman that most women feel like they don't have a voice or are not worthy enough. She concluded, “We're scared to have to have a voice and we’re scared to say no. I think it’s important to talk about it because there are so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are. And when I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren’t believed, because we just don’t make stuff up. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much. It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power.”