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Dr Christine Blasey Ford has been praised for her strength and bravery as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Women have been showering her with praise after she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her in the 1980s.

Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s story is sadly one experienced by millions of women around the world.


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Victims have been sharing their stories as a mark of support, including one Hollywood actress.

Busy Philipps took to Instagram to share her personal story. The Dawson’s Creek star posted a throwback photo from her teenage years, but the message beside it was harrowing.


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The author revealed she was raped at the age of 14 in the emotional post.

“This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It's taken me 25 years to say those words,” she wrote.

Busy explained she has written about this experience in her book, but only recently told her family: “I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”


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She thanked Dr. Ford for her courage: “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.”

Friends and fans were quick to thank Busy for sharing her story. Mindy Kaling wrote: “Busy, you are the best. Thank you for posting this, it shows such bravery. You are a role model.”

“I love you. Deeply grateful for your vulnerability. And your strength,” said Michelle Monaghan.

One user shared: “Thank you for sharing. There are millions of us and we’re all hugging you at the same time right now. Here’s hoping you can feel all that love coming your way.”

Opening up about such a traumatising time takes so much courage. We can’t even imagine just how hard sharing this story was for Busy.


Opening up about being sexually assaulted takes an overwhelming amount of strength. Thousands of women have come forward and shared their own stories since the wake of the #MeToo movement. Their courage is admirable and their experiences are harrowing, but most notably, they’re real.

Influential actresses and singers have shared their stories of sexual assault, including Lady Gaga.

Regardless of their success and status, these women are just like us. They’ve been through a traumatising ordeal and no amount of fame or money makes it any easier, something we all need to remember.

At the mere age of 19, Gaga was raped by a music producer. The Born This Way singer may have been one of the biggest names to come forward in the #MeToo narrative, but she is also a victim who continues to be affected by that assault every day.


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She told Teen Vogue: “I feel stunned. Or stunted. You know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you’re just about to go down the really steep slope?”

“That fear and the drop in your stomach? My diaphragm seizes up. Then I have a hard time breathing, and my whole body goes into a spasm. And I begin to cry. That’s what it feels like for trauma victims every day, and it’s miserable,” the A Star Is Born actress shared.

“I always say that trauma has a brain. And it works its way into everything that you do.”


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She continued to explain that sharing her story was her own personal choice, but it is different for every victim: “I feel like I’ve been an advocate but also a shocked audience member, watching #MeToo happen.”

Gaga explained that speaking out about being raped was like facing a monster: “It took years. No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”


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It is important for us to remember that the celebrities who come forward and share their personal experiences are human too.

They may be Oscar winners or Grammy nominees, but we need to remember, more than anything, they are victims and the courage it took for them to publicly open up makes them fearless heroes.



A 10-year-old girl, who became pregnant after enduring multiple rapes at the hands of her stepfather, is having her case discussed among a panel of doctors in India today.

The child, whose is due to give birth in four months, has found herself at the centre of a legal 'grey area' as Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless medical professionals believe the mother's life is in danger.

With the child's family demanding permission for a termination, doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences are meeting today to discuss the request.

It is understood the case only came to light last week after the child's mother suspected her daughter may be pregnant, and brought her to a doctor.

According to the BBC, the child subsequently revealed she had been raped by her stepfather while her mother was at work and warned against confiding in anyone.

The child's stepfather was arrested and is being detained pending a full police investigation.

It has been established that India's Supreme Court has received several petitions from rape victims in recent months requesting terminations and each case has been referred to a panel of medical experts.