Vanessa Williams: I Was Molested As a Child
Williams recalled the traumatic experience in the latest issue of People [via The Huffington Post]:
“She told me to lie down on the rug. I was confused. Are we going to play a game? As I tried to make sense of it, Susan pulled down the bloomers of my cotton baby-doll pajamas. ‘What are you doing?’ I asked. ‘Don’t worry – it’ll feel good.'”
The 49-year-old actress kept her molestation a secret for years and did not comprehend what had happened until later on in life.
“I didn’t really understand until college,” Vanessa said, recalling the moment when she realized . “I was with my boyfriend and it hit me and I blurted out: ‘Oh my god — I was molested.'”
Williams said that her revelation led her to “become a bit more rebellious” — admitting to smoking marijuana and having an abortion as a young adult.
However, despite her career ups and downs, Williams kept strong and learned from her experiences, saying that she will always be honest with her children: Melanie, 24, Jillian, 22, Devin, 19, and Sasha, 11.
She told People, “It was part of my journey that led me to them and to where I am today.”