They say you never know what someone's story may be or what they've been through until you really get to know them.
Tisha Campbell-Martin is a great example of this. The 45-year-old actress has been in the business over 20 years, and just recently opened up for the first time about overcoming a childhood rape.
According to Tisha, it happened when she was 3 years old.
She revealed the shocking and heartbreaking secret during a recent appearance on The Daily Helpline, a new daytime advice show.
While there, she attempted to help a young woman who had been sexually assaulted to get her life back on track by telling her:
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 -- I’m not saying this to put you down or anything -- what I’m saying is that he is winning, and you're allowing him to win. You're 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.
She then dropped her bombshell:
The reason why I can absolutely say this to you without judgment or anything else and this is the first time I ever said this on camera in front of millions national people is that I too have been a victim of the same thing. When I was three I was raped, by an older person. Now I knew as a child that I did nothing wrong and that this wasn’t my fault, but I had 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.
At that age, it is highly possible that the rape was by a family member.
According to statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network:
Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim
73 percent of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger
38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance
28 percent are an intimate
7 percent are a relative
The Perpetrator's not Hiding in the Bushes
If you remember, Tisha, who played "Gina Waters" also left the show Martin in 1997 and sued Martin Lawrence for sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse and related threats. They settled out of court.
Watch her appearance on the The Daily Helpline below: