Ellen DeGeneres: Mother regrets ignoring her sexual abuse claims

Betty, mother to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, has expressed regrets at ignoring her daughter’s claims of suffering sexual abuse.

Ellen DeGeneres: Mother regrets ignoring her sexual abuse claims

Ellen DeGeneres opened up recently about suffering sexual abuse from her step dad. According to the 61-year-old award-winning talk show host, her mother married a “very bad man” before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said:

He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.

I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t — I was too weak to stand up to — I was 15 or 16.

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.
We [women] just don’t feel like we’re worthy, or we’re scared to have a voice, and we’re scared to say no.

That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it because
there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are.

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.

In a statement to NBC News, Betty said:

I love my daughter, and I wish I had the capacity to listen to her when she told me what happened.

I live with that regret, and I wouldn’t want that for any other parent. If someone in your life has the courage to speak out, please believe them.

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