"90210" star AnnaLynne McCord stunned fans last week when she revealed that she was sexually abused. The actress - speaking at the Somaly Mam Foundation's Life is Love event on Sept. 22 - didn't address her specific story, but alluded to it in her speech.
Later, she told US Weekly a little bit more without getting into too many details.
"I had a very similar experience to what these girls go through 20 times a night," she said. "It happened to me once by somebody that I knew, and it is a very interesting thing to feel that you do not have the voice to say 'no.' It wasn't an attack or anything like that -- I just had no voice. I did not know how to say, 'I don't want this. Please do not do this to me.'"
Sexual assault and molestation is a horrific crime that happens to too many people, both male and female. Not everyone will speak about it, but these brave celebrities have come forward with their experiences to inspire others to do the same.
"The most horrible thing that has stuck with me all my life is that he was touching me and doing things to me and he said, 'Doesn't that feel good?'" she recalled. "I said, 'No, it doesn't.' He said, 'Well, someday you'll know what I'm talking about.'"
Mary J. Blige
Singer Mary J. Blige is one tough woman - and she has that strength partly because she survived sexual abuse when she was just five.
"I just could not believe that this person was going to do this to me, that thing followed me all my life, the shame of thinking my molestation was my fault," she said on her 2011 episode of VH1's "Behind the Music."
"It led me to believe I wasn't worth anything."
Sexual abuse is hard for anyone to talk about, but it seems like it's more difficult for men to discuss. However, filmmaker Tyler Perry came forward with his own molestation to inspire other men - especially African American men - to come forward.
Perry tearfully revealed to Oprah Winfrey that four different adult men during his life, including his father and a man from church, assaulted him. He told Oprah that the assaults were confusing, especially because he was so young when it occurred.
"I'm thinking, 'What is this? and I felt my body betraying me, because I felt an erection at that age," he told Oprah.
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