America Ferrera Says She Was Sexually Assaulted When She Was 9
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The 'Ugly Betty' alum joins Alyssa Milano's '#MeToo' social media movement and shares her harrowing story in the process.

AceShowbiz - %cAmerica Ferrera% revealed her dark past. The former "Ugly Betty" actress was among thousands of people around the world that shared their stories with sexual harassment and assault in "#MeToo" social media movement started by %cAlyssa Milano%.

"Me too," she wrote on Instagram. "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 and I knew - that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back."

The actress, now 33 years old, concluded her story with a message to women, "Ladies, let's break the silence so the next generation of girls won't have to live with this bulls**t."

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Other celebrities tweeting the "#MeToo" hashtag included the likes of %cLady GaGa%, %cAnna Paquin%, %cDebra Messing%, %cRosario Dawson%, %cRose McGowan%, %cEvan Rachel Wood%, %cSophia Bush%, %cKristin Bauer% and %cLea Thompson%.

Hollywood was shaken by %cHarvey Weinstein% scandal. %cAshley Judd%, %cAngelina Jolie%, %cGwyneth Paltrow%, %cKate Beckinsale% and %cEva Green% were among his victims. Meanwhile, many others like %cJames Van Der Beek%, %cBlake Lively%, %cTerry Crews%, %cReese Witherspoon% and %cJennifer Lawrence% shared their experiences with sexual harassment.

Rumors has it, Weinstein's misconduct was a public secret in Hollywood. A few who dared to speak out loud about it got blacklisted. The disgraced movie mogul has since been fired from his own company. He was also booted from the Academy Award club and suspended from BAFTA, the British equivalent of Oscars.

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