Thank you, Queen Latifah!


The Queen has recently opened up to Essence magazine about the childhood sexual abuse she endured by a male babysitter. As always, when a celebrity opens up (see: Tim Roth, Teri Hatcher, Gabrielle Union), it rips the stigma away and helps real people to understand that sexual abuse is not a life sentence and that one can live a life of promise and excellence.

Says the Queen, “He violated me,” shares Latifah in the new issue of Essence. “I never told anybody. I just buried it as deeply as I could and kept people at an arms length. I never really let a person get too close to me. I could have been married years ago, but I had a commitment issue.”

So true. Thank you for not being silenced. Be strong.

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