America Ferrera Says She Was Sexually Assaulted as a 9-Year-Old in ‘Me Too’ Instagram Post
By Jennifer Drysdale
America Ferrera is sharing her own story of sexual assault.
The 33-year-old actress took to Instagram on Monday to participate in the "Me too" social media movement, claiming that she was sexually assaulted as a child.
"First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9 years old," Ferrera wrote.
"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," she continued. "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 & I knew -- that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back."
"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted, write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," Milano wrote, including a message "suggested by a friend": "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."