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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: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
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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: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted, + more
  3. 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: age 29
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I, + more
  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: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha
    • Profession: Advocate, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, Bad Boys II, She's All That, Love & Basketball, + more
  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: age 51
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Palo Alto
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer, Presenter, Cheerleader
    • Credits: Desperate Housewives, Coraline, Tomorrow Never Dies, Spy Kids, Soapdish, + more
  6. "Bug" actress Ashley Judd discusses being raped in her memoir "All That Is Bitter and Sweet."

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Etymologist, Spokesperson, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Heat, Natural Born Killers, A Time to Kill, Divergent, Kiss the Girls, + more
  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: age 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
  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: age 38
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: Largo, The Work of Director Mark Romanek
  9. 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.

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1918-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai, The Strawberry Blonde, The Wrath of God, + more
  10. In 1985, Fran Drescher and a friend were robbed and raped in Drescher's home.  Her husband Peter Jacobson was attacked, tied up, and forced to watch the incident.

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Kew Gardens
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: This Is Spinal Tap, Saturday Night Fever, Hotel Transylvania, The Nanny, Jack, + more
  11. "American Idol" alum Fantasia was raped by a classmate when she was in high school.

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor
    • Credits: American Idol, Fantasia for Real, Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher
  12. "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth is a survivor of incest that occurred when he was growing up in England.

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk, Rob Roy, + more
  13. The rapper and actress was sexually abused by a babysitter as a child.

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Chicago, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Stranger than Fiction, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ice Age: The Meltdown, + more
  14. In 1936, poet Maya Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend.  She was only 8 years old at the time.

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Roots, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Poetic Justice, The Runaway, How to Make an American Quilt, + more
  15. In 1982, "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis was raped at knifepoint by two men who broke into her apartment.

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Top Gun, Witness, North, The Babe, The Accused, + more
  16. Child star and "Gidget" actress Sandra Dee was repeatedly raped by her stepfather between the ages of 5 and 12.

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1942-2005)
    • Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Imitation of Life, A Summer Place, Gidget, I'd Rather Be Rich, The Dunwich Horror, + more
  17. In 1926, singer Billie Holiday was raped by a neighbor.  She was only 12 years old at the time.

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1915-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Composer, Singer
    • Credits: Lady Sings the Blues, Panic in the Streets, The Emperor Jones, New Orleans, Strange Fruit
  18. Singer Rufus Wainwright was raped and robbed in Hyde Park in 1987. He was 14 years old at the time and escaped the incident when he faked a seizure.

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Rhinebeck, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, Heights, Days of Darkness, Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, In the Woods, + more
  19. In 1978, Sid Vicious was raped when he was in Rikers Island jail, charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

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    • Age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)
    • Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer
    • Credits: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
  20. In 1984, musician Tori Amos was raped at age 21. She wrote the song "Me and Gun" about the incident.

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Newton, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Mona Lisa Smile, Fade to Red, Tori Amos: A Sorta Fairytale
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