24 Celebrities Who Are Rape Survivors

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There are 237,868 victims of sexual assault or rape in the United States every year. Several celebrities have had the misfortune of being included in this statistic. Many of them have decided to speak about their experiences to help other victims of rape move on with their lives. For more information or to get help, contact the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 800-656-HOPE.

Among celebrities raped before they were famous, media mogul Oprah Winfrey is listed here. The talk show host was raped by a relative when she was just 9 years old. Winfrey has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of abuse and frequently used her show as a platform for fellow survivors to tell their stories. Other famous women who have been the victims of rape include Fiona Apple, Fran Drescher, and Gabrielle Union.

Some famous men have also been victims of rape. Singer Rufus Wainwright was raped and robbed in Hyde Park in 1987 when he wast just 14 years old. Wainwright has said that he survived the attack by faking a seizure. Other famous male rape victims include Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who was raped when he was in prison, as was the notorious robber Clyde Barrow.

Do you think that it was brave of these famous people to share their stories? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  1. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was raped by a relative when she was just 9 years old.

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?
  2. Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 24 Celebrities Who Are Rape Survivors
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    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.

    She said, “The song is about rape. The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release and I said to myself, ‘I want to sing this song while I’m ripping hard on a drum kit and then I want to get on a mechanical bull, which is probably one of the most demoralizing things that you can put a female on in her underwear, and I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world so that I can tell them ‘You know what, you can never ever degrade me as much as I could degrade myself and look how beautiful it is when I do.’”

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    • Age: 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
  3. Shia LaBeouf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 24 Celebrities Who Are Rape Survivors
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    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 Dazed Digital's Aimee Cliff, "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…"

    Reaction to the revelation were mixed. Some, like journalist Piers Morgan, refused to believe the actor, while others rushed to support his story. LaBeouf, who struggled with alcohol addition and a "nervous breakdown" earlier in the year, did not press charges.

     
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    • Age: 29
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Fury
  4. 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.

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    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Advocate, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, Bad Boys II, Being Mary Jane
  5. 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.

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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer, Presenter, Cheerleader
    • Credits: Desperate Housewives, Coraline, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Tomorrow Never Dies
  6. "Bug" actress Ashley Judd discusses being raped in her memoir "All That Is Bitter and Sweet."

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    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Etymologist, Spokesperson, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Heat, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy
  7. 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.

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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  8. In 1989, Fiona Apple was raped outside of her family's apartment.  She was only 12 years old at the time.

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    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: Bridesmaids, This Is 40, Pleasantville, School for Scoundrels
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