America Ferrera: I Was Sexually Assaulted At 9
Many women have taken to social media in honor of the “Me Too” social media movement, in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, sharing sharing their sexual harassment experiences via social media. Actress America Ferrera revealed that she was experienced sexual assault for the first time as a child. She says,
First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9 years old. I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt 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 end this silence so the next generation of girls won’t have to live with this bulls—.
To date, a number of women have come out in recent weeks with allegations of sexual harassment by Weinstein, although claims have not been limited to the movie mogul.