Grammy nominated singer/actress Vanessa Williams is a survivor. She survived a huge scandal after winning Miss America in 1984 because her nude photos found their way into Penthouse Magazine. Williams is now revealing that isn’t the worst storm she’s had to weather. In her new memoir, You Have No Idea, Williams divulged she was molested by a woman when she was ten years old. Vanessa Williams says she finally came forward with the story because she wants to help others deal with the aftermath of sexual abuse.
The Desperate Housewives star described the encounter in the book as confusing. Williams wrote:
“Family friends who had a daughter invited me to visit their friends in California with them. The family we stayed with had two kids. Susan, who was 18, smoked, drove a car, and was the epitome of cool. (My friend) Nancy and I slept in the den. One night Susan crept in. 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.”
“‘What are you doing?’ I asked. ‘Don’t worry – it’ll feel good.’ I lay there paralyzed. What was going on? I didn’t speak. She kept at (the molestation) for I don’t know how long. She slid my bloomers back up and whispered: ‘Don’t tell anyone.’ I climbed into my bed, trying to figure out what had just happened.”
Though the ordeal was painful and confusing, Vanessa Williams says she’s in a much better place in life now.