As these stories have continued to break, women in Hollywood have finally been able to speak out about the sexual assaults, advances, and harassment they've been forced to endure throughout their careers.
The 33-year-old actress began the post by explaining her experience with sexual misconduct at the age of only 18 years old. "I felt violated when this happened", Page writes in a lengthy Facebook post which says the director urged another woman on set to have sex with Page "to make her realize she was gay". "I said no and he insisted", Page remembers. He was the film's director, Brett Ratner. "When I was 14 years old, my mother opened the door for me to answer honestly about the rumors she had heard about Gary Goddard - who was my mentor, teacher, and friend - being a pedophile", he writes.
"I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak". "I felt a temporary sense of relief". I've had the good fortune to work with many honorable and respectful collaborators both behind and in front of the camera. "Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, created to oppress and repress", she wrote. Page called starring in To Rome with Love in spite of those previous allegations "an bad mistake". "I stand with you". "He fondled my leg under the table and said, 'You have to make the move, I can't, '" Page says. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work.
"I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself".
The actress went on to describe an incident with another unnamed director when she 16 during which she was touched inappropriately, as well as an incident in which she was "asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it". I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.
Page and Drew Barrymore. What emerges from Page's statement is the pattern those of us who have been paying attention to the reports of sexual abuse and misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. Some of them are no longer with us, lost to substance abuse and suicide.
"I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life", the "ER" actor wrote in a Medium post. "I want to see these men have to face what they have done", she wrote. It's not about victims of harassment and assault being "too weak" to come forward.
Read Edwards' full essay here.
When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one).
"Thank you for speaking your truth". One of the most tragic effects of sexual abuse in children is that the victims often feel deeply responsible - as if it is somehow their fault.
"I was shamed as a lesbian, I was shamed as a woman and as a transman, I am judged". We mustn't be afraid anymore.