Why Alyssa Milano shared her sexual assault story 25 years after it happened

The #MeToo activist and author of “Hope: Project Middle School” opens up about why she told the story for the first time on her podcast “Sorry Not Sorry.”
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Yes. Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of the me too hashtag, and you helped that to go viral. On Monday you told the story for the first time on the podcast about being sexually assaulted on a movie set. Yes. This is the first time you have told that story. What made you want to tell the story now? I think for a lot of reasons. You're very brave for telling that story by the way. Thank you. I think it's very -- I think it's important for us in positions where we can speak on a platform to show that coming to terms with this, and discussing these issues of sexual assault are very hard. They take a lot of years. I mean, this has been 25 years. This was 25 years ago, and so so much goes into the thought of admitting this not only to the world, but to yourself, and I have never really been ready for that where I'm ready to go inside my own soul and deal with my own sexual assault, and the beautiful thing that happened for me too is that I have women from all over the world who see me and come over to me and share their stories of sexual assault, and they have given me the courage to not only share my stories, but to dive deep inside myself and figure out what that means to heal and to grow, and to continue on the path of moving this movement forward so that we can ensure that our children's generation of women and men who are sexually assaulted never have to deal with this again, and so part of this for me was very personal, but also what I felt like I needed to do for the women that have shared their stories with me. Yeah, and whoever did that, he knows who he is. He knows he is, and he knows you're out talking about this because he's in the industry, and people probably know who he is. You don't want to say his name. You're wrestling with that. Why? I was so close to saying his name, and my monologue that I wrote at the end of the podcast where I come to terms with this in the original copy, I actually said his name, but I got so scared and I think a lot of women can relate to this, but when we confront our abusers, that we don't want to ruin their lives, and their livelihoods because this man has a family. He has a successful job, and it was 25 years ago. Maybe he has gotten therapy and I just -- I wasn't ready to accuse him and have that blow up, and also the good people on the set that dealt with that at that time, like, then they would be confronted with having to talk about it in the press, and it just became so overwhelming that I was, like, this is what I can do right now, and this is it, and maybe at some other point I can do more, but right now this is what I can do. You made that decision for yourself. I made that decision in my own time. In your own time, for your own self. That's what me too is all about, and the hashtag, it doesn't -- you don't have to name your accuser. You don't have to say exactly what happened to you. You just have to stand in solidarity with other women that have faced this horrible reality. And I think you're doing this also to role model for younger people who are watching this play out in realtime, and thinking about what would be right for themselves in their own lives and what they're willing to accept and not accept. You're also doing this in a format that I think is really important through your new children's book. Thank you. Thank you. I read it over the weekend and I loved it. Thank you. Thank you. I thought, oh my gosh. Poor Charlotte is going to have to navigate, like, friendship dynamics soon. Middle school is an age that we never talk about. It's a rough age. Why did you write this book, and why did you kind of put it in a sixth grader's eyes? I think the children have the most innate ability to be apathetic and it's part of who they are, and somewhere along the lines and maybe it's through middle school when everything becomes very about your own personal growth and what do people think about me, we lose that. You learn hate. And you learn hate and you learn the ugliness of people, and you feel for them sometimes, and what does -- I wanted it to take place in middle school because I felt like it was so important to give those kids a voice, and to teach them to use their own voices. And that girls can do that. And that girls can do that, of course. You're always welcome at the table as you know. Thank you. This is lots of fun. Our thanks to Alyssa Milano. Her new book "Hope: Project

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