Amber Tamblyn Joins Scores of Women Sharing Sexual Assault Stories Following Release of Trump Tapes

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Amber Tamblyn (left) and Sarah Silverman

"That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he'd like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week," Tamblyn wrote in an Instagram post detailing her personal account of sexual assault.

Amber Tamblyn, Sarah Silverman and multiple other women are coming forward to share their own harrowing accounts of sexual assault in the wake of Donald Trump's leaked tape controversy.

In hot mic audio released by the Washington Post on Friday, the Republican candidate can be heard making crass comments about women to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. "I did try and f— her. She was married," Trump was caught telling Bush. "When you’re a star, they let you do it. ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

Tamblyn penned a response to Trump's lewd comments Sunday in an Instagram post detailing a particular night she had been sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.

"He's a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club," the actress wrote. "His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried."

Her post, accompanied by a photo of Trump planting a kiss on 2012's Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo, continued, "That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week. ... To this day, I remember that moment. I remember the shame."

 

I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I've decided to share it publicly. A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd. He's a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried. He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door. My friends ran after him, trying to stop him. We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened. In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and inadvertently ripped off my grandmother’s necklace, which I was wearing. The rest of this night is a blur I do not remember. How I got out to the car. How I got away from him that night. I never returned for my necklace either. That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week. I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space. To this day I remember that moment. I remember the shame. I am afraid my mom will read this post. I'm even more afraid that my father could ever know this story. That it would break his heart. I couldn't take that. But you understand, don't you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.

A photo posted by Amber Tamblyn (@amberrosetamblyn) on

Earlier on Saturday, Sarah Silverman also took to Twitter to share her personal story, after author Kelly Oxford encouraged women on the social media platform by speak out and tweet stories about their first assaults.

Silverman revealed that hers had occurred while she was serving as a waitress in high school. Her boss called her into his office, and "he just made small talk," she wrote. "looked down & he was stroking his penis."

House actress Lisa Edelstein's first experience with sexual assault happened at the young age of 12. She tweeted, "Old man in temple asks me if the word "cunt" turns me on. Tells me he wants to take me away w/him."

Former Disney star Debby Ryan and Rachelle Lefevre were among the other women to also speak out against Trump as survivors of sexual assault. Read their tweets below.

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