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Vanessa Williams Opens Up About Being Molested As A Child

At age 10, the actress was sexually abused and it has stuck with her for her whole life.

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    Actress Vanessa Williams, 51, is opening up about being molested by an older girl.

    In an appearance on Oprah's Master Class, the former Miss America said her molestation by an older family friend, made her "more sexually promiscuous and more curious at a younger age than I should've been."
    The summer before fifth grade, Williams went to California with family for the first time. While there, she stayed with a family friend and was introduced to their then 18-year-old daughter. She described the girl as being "one of the cool girls" who "made you feel like you were a grown up."

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    The following is an excerpt from Vanessa Williams Opens Up About Being Molested by a Woman at Age 10

    During the vacation, Williams' molester came into the room where she was sleeping.

    "She told me to lie down on the floor. She took my bottoms off and she said, 'Be quiet,' " Williams says. "She went down on me."

    "It awakens your sexuality at an age where it shouldn't be awakened," she explains. "Had that not happened in my life and had I had an opportunity to have a normal courtship with a boyfriend at 16 or whatever ... there wouldn't have been that shame that was always haunting me. It made me more sexually promiscuous and more sexually curious at a younger age than I should have been."

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