Child sexual abuse is a major concern and is growing against backdrop of domestic violence in every country. If you think child sexual abuse can only happen to the girl child, then you are wrong! There are some famous celebrities who have spoken about their childhood experiences as a way to create an open dialogue and spread awareness. Here are a few of them:
1. Kalki Koechlin
Bollywood actress Kalki is known to speak her mind and one such confession was made during her interview with one of the news channels. In the interview with NDTV, Kalki shocked everyone when she spoke about her being abused as a child. She did not narrate the specific event in detail but said “it’s not a one-day headline, it’s something that’s a reality I have lived with for a long time.”
2. Sofia Hayat
The controversial actress once said, she was sexually abused as a child by her own uncle. Sofia shared that she was just ten years old when her uncle abused her and said that was the only reason for her to live a disturbed childhood.
3. Anoushka Shankar
Famous sitar player Anoushka Shankar has also been a victim of child abuse. During the release of a video for global women’s rights campaign, she opened up about her dark childhood and being abused as a little girl. She further shared that she was abused by a man whom her family members trusted a lot and for this reason she is left scarred for life. Anoushka has committed to work for women and their security, because despite being a celebrity, she has faced abuse in various forms like touching and groping.
4. Anurag Kashyap
In an interview, Anurag Kashyap shared that he was continuously abused by a twenty-two year old man for eleven long years when he was a child. Anurag met the person after many years but realized that he wanted to leave his dark childhood in the past because the man was guilt ridden when they met.
5. Somy Ali
Salman’s former girlfriend and retired Bollywood actress, Somy Ali opened up about having been sexually abused by a domestic help at the age of five. She also recounted growing up witnessing domestic violence in her house in Pakistan. Somi decided to speak up because she wanted people to stop being ashamed of having been abused.
6. Ashley Judd
American film actress Ashley Jude has opened up about her being a victim of child abuse. She was brutally raped several times during childhood and as a teen. She shared her memories on how she was taken up by a stranger to an empty building who promised to give her a quarter for a pinball machine. Ashley also shared that she was raped during her days of modeling after a male model forced her to perform oral sex.
7. Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough revealed about the abuse she suffered while she was just a child. At the age of ten she was sent to study dance at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts. The actress declined to say who abused her but said the abuse became worse “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”
8. Oprah Winfrey
While doing a show with sexual abuse victims, Winfrey revealed to her audience that she was raped by a relative when she was just nine years old. She also revealed, apart from the relative, there were also others who keep abusing her which resulted in a pregnancy at the age of fourteen. Winfrey gave birth to a baby boy who died in infancy.
9. Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips revealed that she was raped by her own father John Phillips at the age of eighteen and he kept the sexual relationship with her until she became pregnant and realized he was the baby’s father. However, her father paid for the abortion.
10. Pamela Anderson
Pamela made a shocking revelation that she was molested at the age of six and was gang raped when she was just twelve.