Peyton Sawyer stood up to a man who told her she could further her career if she unbuttoned her shirt. Hilarie Burton was sexually assaulted by her boss at least four times and told that if she stood up to him she would ruin people’s lives.

Brooke Davis stood up to her whole world by speaking out against negative stereotypes against all women, fat and thin, sexual and virginal, in high school and as the president of Clothes over Bros. Sophia Bush worked for a man who viewed her as a piece of meat.

These women were forced to act in roles in which they did things that they could not do in real life.

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jeffreydeanmorgan: Sons. I swear, if either one ever bitches about their lives…. xojdad @jensenackles

hilarieburton: My lady love @danneelackles512 came to play! AND the Winchester boys reunited! Gus is totally ready to start hunting demons with his big brother @jensenackles
Did my heart so good to see these guys. Love you forever D + J !!! #farmfun #oldfriends

@sophiabush: Happiest Birthday to my sweet @hilarieburton. Sister! We’ve been through a lot. At least 374 hair colors together. Crushes. Heartbreaks. Hangovers. Halloweens. Tears and laughter. Fear and joy. Successes and burn-it-to-the-ground failures. We’ve fought like rams and loved like family. It’s such a thrill to be in this place with you, 14 years after we first met and danced too late in bars – still giddy that we were finally 21 – and to watch you shine. You’re a champion for your community. An incredible mom. You’re the alpaca whisperer. You’re whip smart and razor sharp and deeply tender. There is no one I would have rather been on the world’s most insane roller coaster with. And I’m so glad there’s evidence that we both used to overpluck our eyebrows, undeniably, on the internet forever. At least we’re not alone. I love you mama. #Breyton4eva #BreytonFeels #ShesMine #BetterInRealLife

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For six seasons, Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, the female lead on “One Tree Hill,” a Warner Bros. teen drama created by Mark Schwahn. For the first two seasons, Burton said, she struggled against Schwahn’s efforts to gratuitously sexualize her character — fights that earned her a reputation for being “difficult.”

But after the show’s second season, according to Burton, inappropriate behavior by Schwahn that she and her costars dismissed as social awkwardness grew more intense.

“Things took a turn in season three,” Burton said. “That’s when Mark decided that I was his muse.”

Speaking to Variety, Burton recalled years of harassment and assault that she alleges Schwahn perpetrated against her and other women on the show. She claimed that Schwahn twice forced himself on her, kissing her on the mouth without warning and against her will. She said Schwahn touched her inappropriately while in the presence of his wife. All in all, she described a culture on “One Tree Hill” in which Schwahn pitted women against each other, was verbally abusive, and spread false rumors about physical relationships he claimed to have had with female cast members.

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