Apr 5, 2012

Molestation and sexual abuse are very serious issues so please don't think for a second that I am making light of very serious situations. This is just something that has been on my mind and I just wanted to know if I was the only one thinking this way.

Recently, the ageless beauty that is Vanessa L. Williams revealed in her new memoir, You Have No Idea, that she was molested when she was ten. Her molester was a female, family friend.

This very personal revelation by the former Miss America made me begin to ponder on a question: Have all celebrities been molested or abuse?

I'm sure you all think I'm wrong for asking this question, but I'm serious. I really feel like I'm in the minority because I'm one of those people who actually had a wonderful childhood. No molestation or abuse in my past. I've never been beaten or verbally assaulted by a boyfriend. So I guess that means I've been fortunate to have lived a blessed life. It is this type of life that I thought was normal for most individuals, but as more and more celebrities come out and reveal their stories of abuse; I'm beginning to realize that maybe my life is that of the minority.

I'm of the adage that people in this world are definitely hurting, but now I'm beginning to think that this issue of molestation and abuse may be on some epidemical levels. I realize that it's shame and pain that keep a lot of people silent, and because of that we may never know how many people have been abused in some sort of way.

I guess the pain of being abuse is what has driven a lot of these celebrities to being as successful as they are. I swear every time one of them write a book they always talk about how they were abused and it was through that pain that they've managed to become the successful people that they are. Maybe it's that pain that allows them to be so creative. I don't know what it is, but for some reason there sure seems to be a lot of celebrities that were abused.

Please tell me what you think. If you think I'm wrong please feel free to express that as well. I just want to know if there is something wrong with my thinking process because every time I turn around there seems to be another celebrity whose been abused. What is really going on?


  1. I wouldnt go so far to think that it is a common experience among artists. All experiences, positive and negative, shape a person. I would say it is the ability to think abstractly and feel empathy. Those abilities may come naturally or sharpened as the result of an experience. Also many that have suffered abuse go into helping and/or advocacy professions snd are driven to excel as a result. Even though I do not have data, I would not draw a connection between the two.

  2. I don't at all think ALL celebrities have gone through a troubling past. But we have to understand the research, the facts. 1 in 4 women have been abused or will have been abused in their lifetime, and research also tell us that every 15 minutes a child is abused. Though abuse is common and have been for a while, so is what you call a "minority childhood" where child has a wonderful upbringing. I think their are just as many non-abused children and adults as their are abused children and adults. Yes, the pain from a troubling past can do 1 of 3 things: 1- you'll grow up and inflict pain on others because you secretly hurt, 2- you'll grow up and want to help stop it, and speak up about it by telling your story, or 3- you'll grow up and will never mention it again, and try to forget about it. I don't think these people are famous because they were abused, I think it's a matter of chance, and now that they are in the position to influence, they're ready to speak up to help prevent it. -- I only comment because I myself have went through a few level of abuse as a child, I'm a survivor and hope to inspire other to speak up and tell their story.