Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About Sexual Abuse.
DeGeneres opened up about the abuse started when she was 15 or 16, after her mother Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In an interview with David Letterman for an upcoming episode of his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, DeGeneres said her stepfather felt her breast while her mother was out of town.
"He told me that … he felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts," she admitted to Letterman.
DeGeneres continues to say "He convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts, and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time."
She previously spoke about the abuse during an interview with Allure Magazine in 2005 but did not go into detail.
She continues to say she is now speaking about it at length to empower other women and girls.
"It's a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I'm actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that."
DeGeneres said she did not tell her mother about the abuse for a long time because she did not want to upset her.
She said "I didn't tell her for a few years and then I told her, and then she didn't believe me, and then she stayed with him for 18 more years."
The TV host went on to explain that her mother did eventually leave him as her stepfather "changed the story so many times".
She encouraged women to speak out about their experience and not suffer in silence, as too many were "scared to have a voice".
DeGeneres went on to say "When I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren't believed," she said, adding, "because we just don't make stuff up".
She continued to say "And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much."