A lot of celebrities went through emotional and physical abuse. The most recent to open up about it is actress and former Miss America, Vanessa Williams, in the latest episode of Oprah's Master Class.
When Vanessa Williams was at a young age of 10, she was sexually abused while on vacation in California. She was molested by her female friend with whom she was on vacation.
Vanessa said that her friend, older than her, made her feel grown up. One night during the vacation, her friend came into her room and asked her to lie down on the floor and take of her pyjamas. After these orders, the molestation took place.
Vanessa shared that, at that point of time, she did not know what was happening but she felt good about. She decided not to tell anyone about it because she returned from her vacation, she came home to see the death of her brother and she felt that the family was already having a tough time and she wouldn't add on to the sadness and decided to suppress the incident.
She said that this incident made her "more sexually promiscuous." For a huge number of years, this incident affected her. She feels guilt at this incident because she thinks that when someone is molested at such a young age, it awakens sexuality very early.
Rihanna, another celebrity who faced abuse said that she feels she is masochistic and this is common in those who went through abuse in their childhood.
Hally Berry adviced women to stand up for themselves and not keep quiet if they face abuse. She said that she was smart enough to leave at the onset of violence and violence is something she will not tolerate. She has had her share of choosing wrong partners, but she will keep silent in case of abuse.