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Madonna hid her rape for the reason other women did

  • JWB Post
  •  March 13, 2015

 

In a 2013 interview, Madonna opened up about how she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in NYC during the initial days of her struggle. The pop-artist said – “The first year in New York, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times.”

Madonna never reported the case. She spoke the reason why most women don’t report the crime – “You’ve already been violated. It’s just not worth it. It’s too much humiliation.”

Once a victim reports sexual assault to the Police, she has to undergo few medical examinations to prove the rape has actually happened. She is even asked questions by the Police, lawyers (and society/relatives) that add to her traumatic feelings. To remember and narrate the whole shocking incident is not easy, right? Talking about details of the rape, personal life, details of the accused and sometimes even answering the absurd questions asked by the media, can fail any courageous person.

Probably that is why Madonna never reported her rape assault.

She said – “Men and women who have been sexually assaulted also face the pressure to be the “perfect victim” and to have their narratives fit into a box of what is conventionally considered an “acceptable” rape story. This picking apart of one’s experience of assault can also contribute to the humiliation.”

Madonna emerged strong and later became a sensation in the music world. Not everyone has the strength she showed up. It’s time we change the way our laws and police work.

 

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