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Vanessa Williams says she was molested at age 10

New York, Sat, 07 Apr 2012 ANI

New York, Apr 7 (ANI): Vanessa Williams has opened up about her traumatic past and evealed that she was sexually molested as a child by a family friend.

The admission, excerpted in this week's People magazine, comes in the 49-year-old actress' pcoming memoir, "You Don't Know."

The 'Desperate Housewives' star said the fateful night that shaped much of her life afterwards ccurred during a trip to visit family friends in California.

The family's 18-year-old daughter snuck into the room Williams was sleeping in and allegedly ulled down the bloomers of her baby-doll pajamas.

"'What are you doing?' I asked," the New York Daily News quoted her as writing of the ncounter.

"'Don't worry?it'll feel good.' I lay there paralyzed. What was going on? I didn't speak. She ept at (the molestation) for I don't know how long. She slid my bloomers back up and hispered: 'Don't tell anyone'," she wrote.

Williams, a former Miss America, didn't tell anyone about the incident for many years.

"For years I kept Susan's visit to myself, I didn't really understand until college. I was with my boyfriend and it hit me and I blurted out: 'Oh my God - I was molested'.

"After that trip I felt something change in me.

"I had always been defiant, but I became a bit more rebellious. I began to pull away from my arents'," she wrote.

Despite the horrific experience, Williams told People that she has since moved on.It didn't paralyze me. And I don't dwell," she said. (ANI)


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