"Again, 'cause I didn't know about bodies, I don't know that breasts are all different and...anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time, he tried to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran 'cause I knew it was gonna do - it was gonna go more to something," she continues. "And I didn't want to tell my mother, 'cause I was protecting her and I knew that that would ruin her happiness."
"I should have protected myself," DeGeneres tells Letterman. "And 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. And finally left him because he'd changed the story so many times."
"And then she...stayed with him," DeGeneres says. "So, that made me really angry."
DeGeneres goes on to say that her coming forward is so other girls and women might feel brave enough to share their stories too. "That's the only reason I think it's important to talk about it because there are so many young girls, and it doesn't matter how old you are, and when I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren't believed because we just don't make stuff up. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much. It is just time for us to have a voice. It's time for us to have power."
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