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Ellen Degeneres revealed she was sexually abused by her stepfather

Ellen DeGeneres claims she was sexually assaulted when she was a teenager, saying that she felt "angry" at herself for not standing up to him.



The famed talk show host revealed during an interview on an episode of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman," where she recounts the time her stepfather took advantage her when she was a teenager and many times he touch her breasts.

Her mother Betty, who is a breast cancer survivor wasn't believing her when she told about the incident.

 “He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” DeGeneres tells Letterman.

"I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t -- I was too weak to stand up to -- I was 15 or 16," Ellen admits.

After years, the 61-year-old TV host tell her mother about what her stepfather had done, but her mom did not believe her. Betty stayed married to her stepfather for 18 more years.

DeGeneres said that her experience is a "really horrible, horrible story", however, hopes sharing her story would help other victims come forward with their experience of sexual assault.

"That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are. 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," DeGeneres said.

She further proclaims, "It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power."

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