Celebrities are also just normal people like us with a range of life experiences and emotions. Like so many of us, some of the famous celebs have also been through some seriously traumatic events, including child abuse.
In some ways it can be even harder when you’re in the spotlight. Telling the world about your most traumatic moments is no easy task. It takes a lot of courage.
Here are some celebs who have spoken out about their trauma and brought awareness to the issue.
Veteran actress Daisy Irani, who happens to be the maternal aunt of Farhan Akhtar and Farah Khan, revealed that she was raped at an age of six. Talking about the incident, she said,
“The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened.”
Sonam, in an interview releaved that she was molested as a kid. Despite being a celeb, it took a lot of time and courage for Sonam to speak up about the trauma she faced.
Akshay revealed that at an age of six, he was touched inappropriately by a stranger. Akshay told,
“When I was six, I was on my way to a neighbour’s house, when the lift man touched my hip. I was really agitated and told my father (Hari Om Bhatia) about it and he filed a police complaint. Investigations revealed that the lift-man was a history-sheeter. The cops took action and the man was was arrested. I was a shy kid and was relieved that I could speak about this to my parents. But even today, I find it difficult to say the word ‘bum’. We must encourage women and children to speak up and tell their families if they encounter anything strange so that they can be protected and empowered.”
Kalki is one such actress who never shies away speaking on such matter. Sharing her experience, she revealed that at an age of nine, she was sexually abused.
Sitar player, Anoushka revealed that she was sexually abused by a man whom her family trusted a lot. This incident caused her a deep emotional scar. Now, she works actively for women’s security.
The ace filmmaker, once told that he was molested as a child and it lasted for 11 years. Later, he decided to move on in which his ex wife Kalki, helped him alot.
Hollywood singer, Lady Gaga revealed that at an age of 19, she was raped by a music producer who was almost 20 years elder than her.
Oprah opened up about being raped at an age of nine by a relative. She went on to tell that others too use to abuse her as a child, which also led to pregnancy at an age of 14.
American actress, Ashley had spoken about child abuse many times. She confessed that she was raped many times during childhood and teenage.
Pamela confessed of being molested at an age of six and then got gang raped at an age of 12.