Vanessa Williams: Hiding My Childhood Molestation Affected My Adult Life

Even though I know it can happen to anyone, I’m always amazed when a celebrity comes forward with a story of sexual abuse. So many of us hide the things that have happened to us so let’s take a moment to appreciate the strength and will it must’ve taken for the lovely and talented Vanessa Williams to open up about her experience.

The Chicago Defender

22nd Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award GalaVanessa Williams is opening about how being molested at the age of 10 had rippling effects throughout her life.

The ?Ugly Betty? star revealed on Sunday?s episode of ?Oprah?s Master Class? that the incident happened while she was on a vacation with a family friend to California.

During the trip, Vanessa met an 18-year-old girl that she looked up to because she ?was one of the cool girls.? The unidentified woman encouraged her to try different things that were inappropriate for childre, like smoking.

Unfortunately, facing peer pressure to try cigarettes was not where the illicit behavior ended with the teen. ?One night she came into the room where my friend and I were sleeping, and she told me to lie down on the floor,? Vanessa recounted, stating that the girl performed oral sex on her. ?At 10 years old, I had no idea what it was, but I knew…

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