Margaret Cho admits she was a rape victim, urges others to come forward

November 6, 2014
Comedian Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho (The Korea Times file)

Comedian Margaret Cho took to Twitter Monday to admit she was a rape victim and sexually abused as a child.

The admission was part of a #tellyourstory hashtag to support nine women who accused Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, fired by CBC in late October, of sexual assault.

“I am a rape victim and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I come forward in solidarity with all women who have suffered. #tellyourstory,” she wrote.

Half her family is Canadian and she grew up eating poutine. Her heart is there, she said on Twitter.

“I urge you – today – tell one person what happened. You are not alone. We have suffered in silence long enough. #ibelieveyou #tellyourstory,” she wrote.

Ghomeshi, a former radio host on CBC, was accused of sexual violence and dropped by the prominent broadcasting corporation because of “graphic” evidence that he had caused physical injury to a person, according to the Toronto Star.

Among the accusers is “Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy Decoutere, who filed a formal complaint with police.

“What if we all told the truth? What if we all came forward and exposed our abusers? Imagine a world where we could be safe-All of us Always,” Cho wrote.