Vanessa Williams: I Was Molested as a Child
Actress bares abuse in new memoir
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 10:59 AM CDT
Vanessa Williams attends The Roundabout Theatre 2012 Spring Gala 'From Screen to Stage' dinner and auction at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 12, 2012 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In a new memoir, Vanessa Williams reveals that she was molested at just 10 years old by the daughter of a family friend. She relates the story in a People interview picked up by the Huffington Post and Radar. Williams saw 18-year-old Susan as the "epitome of cool," she says. "She told me to lie down on the rug. I was confused. Are we going to play a game? As I tried to make sense of it, Susan pulled down the bloomers of my cotton baby-doll pajamas. … I lay there paralyzed. What was I going to do?"

Williams asked, "What are you doing?" and says Susan told her, "Don’t worry—it’ll feel good," and told her not to tell anyone. She didn't, until college, when she finally understood what happened. Click for more, including Williams' admission that she smoked pot and had an abortion in high school.