Busy Philipps found it "really scary" to publicly share her sexual assault story.
The 39-year-old actress revealed on Instagram last week that she had been raped at the age of 14, and has now said she was inspired to come forward by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who recently gave a testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, accusing him of historical sexual assault.
Busy - who has daughters Birdie, 10, and Cricket, five, with her husband Marc Silverstein - said it was "hard" for her to speak out, but felt she had to be part of this "reckoning for women" which has seen hundreds come forward with their own experiences over the past year.
She said: "I was so moved by [Dr. Ford's] bravery. And it wasn't something that I felt like I was ever going to blast out on social media, but when I saw her standing there, speaking her truth after 30 years, I was like, 'It's been 25 [years] for me and I can do this. I can do this. We can all do this.'
"And I feel like it's, politically whatever you believe, I feel like it's a real moment of reckoning for women that we have, sort of collectively, carried this burden for so long and it's time to share it and let it out. It was hard. And really scary."
The former 'Dawson's Creek' star claims she was raped as a young teenager, and now worries for her own children, especially as her eldest daughter is approaching that age.
Speaking through tears during an appearance on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show', Busy - who also details the alleged incident in her book 'This Will Only Hurt a Little' - added: "I have a 10-year-old, so when I look at that baby, I see my kid. It's sadly the most unoriginal horror, isn't it?
"I've struggled with it for so long. For so long. And even when I wrote the chapter in my book I had in my head an escape plan, which was it doesn't have to go into the book if I panic and don't want to put it out into the world. But I feel like we're at this moment in time."
Last week, Busy shared a photo of herself on Instagram at the age of 14, and said she refused to be "silent" any longer.
She wrote: "#tbt This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It's taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I'm scared to post this. I can't imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now."
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