15 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Sexual Assault


Speaking out against sexual abuse is always scary, but these celebs are using their platform to raise awareness, to help eradicate the stigma, and give survivors a feeling that they too, can be heard. Here are celebrities who have come forward with their tales of sexual assault—may they continue to inspire others to speak out and heal.

1. Lady Gaga

In December 2014, Lady Gaga revealed to radio host Howard Stern that she had been raped by a record producer twenty years her senior when she was 19 years old. The pop star's single, Swine, is about the incident.

2. Shia LaBeouf

In November 2014, troubled actor Shia LaBeouf publicly claimed that he had been raped by a woman during his #IAMSORRY performance art project in February. As part of the project, LaBeouf sat in a room with a bag over his head while visitors interacted with him. Some held his hand, some said disparaging things, and apparently, one person sexually assaulted him. 

LaBeouf told "one woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me…"

3. Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher was raped by her uncle when she was just five. In 2002, she testified against the man, and he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

4. Tim Roth

Pulp Fiction actor Tim Roth is a survivor of incest that occurred when he was growing up in England.

5. Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd, during a speech at George Washington University, spoke out about being a three-time rape survivor. In her memoir, the Kiss the Girls actress wrote about a painful time in her childhood when she was lured to an empty building by an old man who promised her a quarter for the pinball machine and instead raped her and during her speech Judd urged other survivors of rape and assault to not be silent.

6. Rita Haywort

Rita Hayworth was repeatedly raped by her father, who tutored and trained her as a dancer traveling the country when she was young. It wasn't until adulthood that she realized that the incestuous relationship was not common between father and daughter.

7. Gabrielle Union

In 1992, Bad Boyz II actress Gabrielle Union was raped while she was working at a shoe store.  She was 19 years old at the time.

8. Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was raped by a relative when she was just 9 years old.

9. Fiona Apple

In 1989, Fiona Apple was raped outside of her family's apartment.  She was only 12 years old at the time.

10. Tyler Perry

Actor and director Tyler Perry was raped by the mother of a childhood friend, who held him hostage in her house until he had sex with her.

11. Tori Amos

In 1984, musician Tori Amos was raped at age 21. She wrote the song "Me and Gun" about the incident.

12. Queen Latifah

The rapper and actress was sexually abused by a babysitter as a child.

13. Ke$ha

Pop artist Ke$ha has dismissed a California lawsuit alleging producer Dr. Luke sexually and emotionally abused her.

14. Scott Weiland

In his 2011 autobiography, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland revealed that he was raped at 12 years old by a senior high school student.

15. Madonna

Madonna was raped when she was 19, an act she recounted several years later in an interview. "I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the payphone," she explained. "[This guy] gave it to me, he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody." He then persuaded her to make the call from his home instead. "I was raped."

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