1 in every 5 girls and 1 in every 20 boys are subjected to sexual abuse. There is about a 90% chance that the offender is known and trusted by the child’s family. A staggering 53% of Indians have been through sexual abuse as a child and there are 42 million child sexual abuse survivors in the US. celebrities who were victims of sexual abuse

These are not just statistics, not just NUMBERS. These are people, like me and you, who had their childhood and innocence robbed. 20,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported EVERY YEAR in India. But there are a lot more unreported ones as well, because people are afraid to speak up. If you are one of them or know someone who needs help, speak up. Because they did.

Madonna

When 19-year-old Madonna moved to New York City with big dreams in her eyes of becoming a star, she had no idea that the Big Apple would give her such a rude welcome. While talking to Harper’s Bazaar, she revealed that in her first year in NYC, she was dragged to a deserted rooftop at knifepoint and raped. But Madonna’s dreams and determination were bigger than her trauma.

It was difficult and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going.

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Kalki Koechlin

In her interview with NDTV, the talented actress said that she was sexually abused when a child.

The reason you haven’t heard about it is that I don’t like to talk about it. For me, it’s not a one-day headline, it’s something that’s a reality I have lived with for a long time. Many of us have gone through it and most of the people that I know, especially close friends of mine who are women, have gone through some form of CSA (child sexual abuse). It’s just so out there, so much of it that I think it’s not something that should be ignored.

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Oprah Winfrey

The reason why Oprah went on to have the most faithful fan following is because she was empathetic and had such an amazing connection with her audience and guests. Oprah has always been candid about her life. She spoke about her traumatic experience as a child when she was abused by an older cousin and raped.

Everyone is looking for that validation. I know what it feels like to not be wanted… you can use it as a stepping stone to build great empathy for people.

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Lady Gaga

Music helped Lady Gaga cope up with her rape when she was 19. It took Gaga 5 years to actually understand the reality and come to terms with it. The rapist was a 20-year senior music director and she was paralyzed when she had to face him again. After several therapy sessions, she has now won over her adversities.

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Anurag Kashyap

The filmmaker spoke about his 11 long years of abuse in an interview that made him bitter and full of angst. He has a severe sense of violation and isolation which filled him when he came to Mumbai.

I met him after many years. He wasn’t some dirty old man. He was 22 when he abused me. He was guilt-ridden when we met. I decided to put the whole nightmare behind me and move on. But it wasn’t easy.

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Anoushka Shankar

Renowned Sitar player Anoushka Shankar disclosed about her being sexually abused as a child during a campaign for global women’s rights. The offender was a man whom the family trusted and this made it exceedingly difficult for her to stand up for herself. She also brought forward the part where even as celebrities they are groped and abused.

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It takes a lot of courage to fight these demons and move forward in life. It is even more difficult to overcome those tough times and shine brightly. We applaud them and thank them a lot for coming forward and talking about sexual abuse and reducing the shame around it by numerous folds.