Tisha Campbell-Martin Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse

The actress reveals she was raped when she was three years old.

Posted: 08/08/2014 11:18 AM EDT
Tisha Campbell-Martin

In a recent appearance on new talk show The Daily Helpline, Tisha Campbell-Martin had the opportunity to provide advice to a woman who'd been sexually abused. She urged the young woman to not continue giving her abuser any power and also opened up about a difficult experience of her own — the fact that she had been a victim of rape when she was only three years old.

"You can no longer be a victim. You have to be victorious at this point. You can't play the victim because, at this point, and I'm not saying this to put you down or anything, what I'm saying is that he is winning, and you are allowing him to win. You are making a conscious decision to harm yourself, to hurt yourself and allow this person to still have dominion over your life. You can't do that anymore," the actress said.

"The reason why I can absolutely say this to you without judgment or anything else is, and this is the first time I have ever admitted this on camera in front of millions of people, is that I too have been a victim of the same thing," Campell-Martin continued. "When I was three, I was raped by an older person. Now, I knew as a child I did nothing wrong and that this wasn't my fault, but I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might've had. I felt like, did I pull this in? Did I do something? At three years old? No. It's a heinous crime."

That was such a brave and powerful moment for Campbell-Martin, who not only put her own demons out into the world, but also demonstrated how she's overcome this awful experience and come out on top.

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