These Famous Women Have Overcome The Trauma Of Sexual Abuse To Tell Their Story To The World

Date September 19, 2018 11:14

A lot of women experience sexual abuse in their early years, most often at the hands of relatives, family friends, or domestic workers within the home.

Statistics have shown that at least 1 in every 5 girls and 1 in every 20 boys have been victims of child sexual abuse. In the fast-paced world of the twenty-first century, with increased sexual freedom among youths and adolescents, most women’s first time having sex is through sexual abuse. This affects their psyche and their views on relationships, sexuality, and men in the society.

For some, sexual abuse results in loss of senses of self-worth, self-respect, and confidence.

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For women who have been victims of sexual child abuse, it becomes difficult to carry out proper functions of adulthood or keep lasting relationships, especially with people of the opposite sex. While some try to get help from professionals, close friends, family, and significant others, others are too afraid to speak up about their childhood experiences in order to heal and move on. 

Sexual child abuse is not a peculiarity of a particular section of the society, since no social class is immune to it. In fact, this detestable act is more prevalent among famous people, and some of our favorite stars have attested to this truth. 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, who was perhaps the greatest actress of her generation, was a victim of child sexual abuse, and she often spoke up about it.


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Marilyn has been enduring sexual abuse since the tender age of 7 up until she was 11 years old. She got to escape the situation by marrying her boyfriend then, Jimmy Dougherty. Speaking about her past helped her move on from the trauma and transform into the bigger-than-life persona she developed during her lifetime.


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The Strong Jane Fonda Was Also A Victim

Jane Fonda was a strong Amazon-like goddess of the big screen back in the 1960s, but she suffered the same fate as a child. The two-time Oscar winner often talked about how she was abused and raped as a child, and even got fired from her job for refusing to sleep with her boss. Despite all of this, she succeeded in her career and broke barriers as an actress.



The Great Oprah Winfrey Was No Exception

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential women in the history of entertainment, and perhaps, one of the most recognized person nowadays. The 64-year-old represents resilience, hard work, and a 'never say never' attitude in the face of overwhelming odds. Prior to her life of success, this talk show icon was raped at the age of 9 and has been struggling with continuous sexual abuse as a child. Oprah would not have been who she is today had she not spoken out and gotten past her devastating experience.


These above-listed famous women have all experienced this horrid act as children, but they were not afraid to speak about it, not only to inspire others, but to ensure that women around the world are protected from the menace of sexual abuse.

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Help your kids prevent sexual abuse

As a parent or a guardian, it is very important to pay attention to your children during their formative years to prevent them from being victims. Take your children seriously, listen to every word that they say, ask questions, observe and spend a lot of time with them.

Children tend to speak up more to people they love than those they fear. Hence, being friends with your child, and not just a parent, matters a lot in preventing child abuse. Encourage them to tell you about their day and their acquaintances. More importantly, know where your children are all the time, and do not leave them unattended even if they are with a family member.

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