Sadly, several famous actors, actresses and writers have been the victim of incest. Some of these celebrities have bravely spoken about their abuse in candid interviews, and others have been a source of inspiration for other sexual abuse survivors.
Who is the most famous victim of incest? Teri Hatcher tops our list. In 2007, Teri Hatcher penned an editorial in which she revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle. "I tell you this story with trepidation," she wrote. "But my fear is far outweighed by what I know is my obligation to help other victims of sexual abuse to not feel alone.” In 1991, Roseanne Barr revealed that she was a victim of incest as well.
Anne Heche was sexually abused by her father when she was a child. She contracted herpes as a result of the abuse. In 2001, Billy Connolly spoke about being sexually abused by his father. Other famous incest survivors include Ashley Judd, Rita Hayworth, and Drew Carey.
Sometimes, it really helps survivors of sexual abuse to talk about their stories publicly, without fear or shame. Check out our list of famous victims of incest below.
In 2007, Teri Hatcher penned an editorial in which she revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle. "I tell you this story with trepidation," she wrote. "But my fear is far outweighed by what I know is my obligation to help other victims of sexual abuse to not feel alone."
When a young girl took her own life and implicated Hatcher's uncle in the suicide note, Hatcher knew that she had to take action. She didn't want her uncle to get away with what he did to another young girl. Hatcher gave her statement to the DA and the detective working on the case. It was enough to convince her uncle to plead guilty to his crimes, and he was sentenced to jail.
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
Credits: Desperate Housewives, Coraline, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Tomorrow Never Dies
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In 2015, Ashley Judd wrote an op/ed about surviving being raped by two adult family members when she was a child, "I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery. I seized it."
Judd goes on to discuss her recovery process, and how, through therapy, she was able to confront the people on Twitter who were threatening sexual violence against her.
Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Credits: Heat, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy
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Rita Hayworth was the victim of incest by her own father. For a long time, Orson Welles was the only person who knew about her sexual assault, until she told her daughter about it many years later.
Age: Dec. at 69 (1918-1987)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Credits: Cover Girl, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai, Pal Joey
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In 2009, Mackenzie Phillips revealed that she was raped by her father, John Phillips, and then continued what she refers to as a 'consensual' sexual relationship with him for 10 years. The first rape occurred when she was 18 years old - she had passed out in a hotel room while she was on drugs, and her father, the lead singer of the Mamas and the Papas, sexually assaulted her.
They continued their sexual relationship for years, until Phillips got sober. His death in 2001 caused her to relapse, even though she forgave him on his death bed.
Birthplace: Virginia, USA
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