According to reports, a new survey shows that 81 percent of women have experienced sexual harassment. The case is not different with American lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen opened up about her sexual assault experience with her deceased step-father in an interview with Allure in 2005. However, she was not very generous with pieces of information as regards that at that time.
In an interview with David Letterman for an upcoming episode of his show ‘My Guest Needs No Introduction,’ she talks about being sexually assaulted by her step-father when she was a teen. According to Ellen, the abuse started after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
‘He told me when my mum was out of town that he felt a lump in her breasts and he needed to feel my breast…He convinced me that he needs to see my breasts and tries to do it again another time and another time. ‘
Ellen told David Letterman that she is sharing her sad experience with the hope of empowering other women and girls. She said:
‘I am angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t. I was too weak to stand up to; I was 15 or 16…It is a really horrible, horrible story, and the only reason I am actually going into detail about it is that I want other girls never to let someone do that.’
She also revealed that she didn’t tell her mum right away because she was trying to protect her and expresses her regrets. The episode will be up on David Letterman’s Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ later this week.