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This list contains information about celebrities who were sexually abused as children. According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 44 percent of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 18. Several celebrities fit within this shocking statistic, as they suffered sexual abuse in their adolescence. Several famous people share their experiences to help other survivors cope with the aftermath of sexual assault.

Who is the most famous person who was sexually abused? Marilyn Monroe tops this list. Monroe spent a great deal of time in the foster care system as a child, and she suffered sexual abuse from the men in her life. Monroe was one of the first public figures to discuss her experience with abuse in public.

Some famous men have also been victims of sexual abuse. Marilyn Manson suffered from childhood sexual abuse. Manson worked the topic of abuse into his album "Smells Like Children." Gabriel Byrne was abused as a child by Christian Brothers while he was training to be a priest. Byrne says that he was "deeply hurt" by the abuse of the clergy member.

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Anthony Edwards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Survived Sexual Abuse
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Top Gun actor Anthony Edwards announced in 2017 that he was molested by Gary Goddard as a child. Goddard - the CEO of the Goddard Group, an entertainment design firm - allegedly molested Edwards and several of his friends in the 1970s. In an emotional post on Medium, Edwards said the abuse made him feel powerless and helpless. He said he has since received therapy to deal with what happened to him, but is angry Goddard never faced any real consequences. 

Age: 53

Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

Credits: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, Zodiac, ER, Revenge of the Nerds, + more

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Survived Sexual Abuse
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Marilyn Monroe was passed around the foster care system as a child, and she suffered sexual abuse from the men in her life. Monroe was one of the first public figures to discuss her experience with abuse in public.

Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Survived Sexual Abuse
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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.

Age: 47

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Survived Sexual Abuse
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Roseanne Barr suffered from childhood sexual abuse.

Age: 64

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Credits: Roseanne, The Roseanne Show, General Hospital, The Tipping Point

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