Stars who are sexual abuse survivors

Brooke Shields opens up about sexual assault in new documentary

Stars Insider

25/01/23 | StarsInsider


According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women in the US are raped within their lifetime. Being open about trauma is intrinsic to healing, and fortunately many famous survivors are coming forward to share their experiences, and prove that you can not only survive, but also thrive.

Brooke Shields is one of the biggest stars of all time. She started her career as a model and actress while she was still a child, making her incredibly vulnerable in an industry that rarely looks out for the best interests of young girls. She modeled naked at the age of 10 and was deemed “the world’s youngest sex symbol” at age 12. At 11, she had her first ever kiss on-screen with an adult man in the movie 'Pretty Baby' (1978), in which she played a child prostitute. “Sometimes I’m amazed that I survived any of it," Shields comments in her new documentary titled 'Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields.' 

One of the most horrifying stories Shields shares is that of a sexual assault that occurred shortly after she graduated from Princeton. The young star was looking for work and met an unnamed man for dinner to discuss career opportunities. He invited her to come back to his hotel, promising to call her a cab home from there. Instead, he brought her up to his room where he forced himself upon her. “I just absolutely froze," she recalls. "I thought one ‘no’ should’ve been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and I just shut it out. God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body. I’d practiced that.” Shields says that she decided to share her story after all these years in the hope that it will do some good. "I feel as a mother of two young girls that I hope that just by even hearing my incident that I can add myself to becoming an advocate." The two-part documentary is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Click on to see which inspirational celebrities have opened up about their experience with sexual assault. 

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