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Vanessa Williams

I Was Molested as a Child

4/17/2012 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Vanessa Williams
says she was sexually abused as a 10-year-old girl ... and believes the traumatizing experience caused her to become "highly sexualized" at an abnormally young age.

Williams dropped the bombshell in her new book, "You Have No Idea" ... explaining how an 18-year-old woman molested her during a family trip with friends.

The "Desperate Housewives" actress opened up about the experience to "Nightline" ... saying, "It happened one night where she told me, 'come over here,' I didn't know that it was wrong, but I knew that it wasn't right because I wasn't supposed to tell anybody."

"I think I was highly sexualized because I was in fifth grade and I had this experience. Because it feels good, you're like, OK, well this is supposed to be normal. That's not normal for a 10-year-old to be seduced."

In her book, Williams also reveals she had an abortion during her high school years ... but kept it a secret from everyone, including her mother, because she was scared.

Williams went on to become the first black Miss America in 1984 ... but was shamed into giving up her crown after several nude pictures appeared in Penthouse. Williams says she stupidly trusted the photographer when he promised to keep them private.

Now the actress is focused on moving forward saying, "I've learned to embrace my past. I embrace the choices that I have been given in my life."

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Throwback kid    

Remember for a while everytime some new hip illness or disorder would come out Oprah would tell us she had it, enough already. Vanessa needs to sell books and her long but very dull career and two divorces wasn't enough to sell books so now she's a victim

814 days ago
47.

joc    

SHE is full of B.S,... she was a WILD child...

814 days ago
48.

Nancy Gail    

So glad you moved on after that ordeal, and so proud how you have jumped back and succeeded--you showed them!

814 days ago
49.

PornHallOfShamer    

Well, gee. If it turned her into a young nympho, then that means she survived it. Because most victims spend their lives in therapy, turn into man haters and spinsters. LOL!

814 days ago
50.

myopinion    

WOW....Sorry to hear that I hope she has dealt with the pain.

814 days ago
51.

joecrabs    

Hmmm, isn't that some odd timing to break this news? Washed up "actress" career has dried up, putting out a book, suddenly the news of an abusive childhood. I hate attention whores.

814 days ago
52.

Chellybutt    

You'd be surprised what being sexually molested by someone you trust will do to a person. Unless you have had it done to you, you have no idea what it feels like. Nor should you really judge her for bringing it out now. It is horrible to be invaded in that way!

814 days ago
53.

Sunset    

I wish I had a f*ck to give

814 days ago
54.

Jennifer    

OMG who the hell cares? Who is this has been?

814 days ago
55.

minnietx    

No offense...but here we go again!! If so keep your dirty laundry at home.

814 days ago
56.

Craig    

Do any of you realize she said this in the book. It is not a statement to make the book sell.

814 days ago
57.

Victoria Trendy    

I'm sadden by the sex abuse allegations surrounding Vanessa. The amazing part is her road to stardom in the midst of adversity. Vanessa, thank you for being an example. And the best of luck with your memoirs.

814 days ago
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Lord Valtrex    

…”It happened one night where she told me, ‘come over here,’ I didn’t know that it was wrong, but I knew that it wasn’t right because I wasn’t supposed to tell anybody.”

“I think I was highly sexualized because I was in fifth grade and I had this experience. Because it feels good, you’re like, OK, well this is supposed to be normal. That’s not normal for a 10-year-old to be seduced.”

So…her body tells her it feels really good, but her socialization tells her it is wrong. Umm, so it is not the sexual experience, per se, which is traumatizing, but the societal judgement of her experience that distresses her (and other women), correct?

If so, then multiple her brainwashing times 150 million other women (under the same, relentless 24/7 Media/State brainwashing) and this could explain, in part, why women are so ****ing crazy.

813 days ago
59.

alex    

It's sad looking at these comments. Being molested isn't nothing to dismiss. Must means that the people who are saying these things never had it happened to them.

812 days ago
60.

Trinidad    

Yeah, who wasn't back in those days. Sad but true!

809 days ago
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