In a shocking revelation by ex Bigg Boss contestant Sapna Bhavnani has claimed that she was sexually abused 20 years ago.
There is a notion regarding crime against women in India that only common women fall prey to the heinous crimes like domestic violence and even rape. But the fact is that there have been certain celebs as well who have once gone through the pain of being sexually abused.
While some of them have chosen to remain silent, but there have been some celebrities who have came out and spoken about the horrifying incident.
The open confessions of the celebs give a voice to the rape survivors across the world. It not only encourages the victims to move on in their life but also helps them be strong and to look at the world with a new perspective.
Earlier it was Kalki Koechlin who spoke about being sexually abused as a child. And now it's celebrity hair-stylist and ex Bigg Boss contestant Sapna Bhavnani.
Sapna Bhavnani opens up about how she was sexually abused at the age of 24 and how it took her 20 years to speak about it.
Sapna who was also seen in Bigg Boss season 6, chose to talk about her heart-warming story on the Facebook page ‘Humans of Bombay'.
Read her story here:
When I was 14, I used to talk to boys; drive motor cycles, smoke cigarettes and people in Bandra would often call me a whore because of those things. I never understood the term back then, but sure if doing all those things made me a whore– I'd take it gladly. After my father's death, I moved to Chicago where there were so many like me and it gave me the freedom to get inked, experiment with my hair and just be myself.
One Christmas Eve in Chicago, I walked out of a bar alone late at night in a short dress and red lipstick. I was 24 and had been drinking, when from a dumpster a group of guys walked upto me and put a gun to my head asking me to give them blow jobs, eventually leading to gang rape.
I remember walking home, showering and pushing this incident to the back of my mind for years and never letting it break my spirit – I still wear short dresses and the brightest red on my lips.
In years to come, I got married to my high school sweetheart, faced domestic violence and walked out of the marriage wondering how this could happen to ME, a feminist? It's because sometimes there are things that are beyond your control.
We live in a world where everyone stresses the importance of voicing yourself or walking out of tough situations, but I just want to say this— no one wants to be beaten up, get raped or sell their bodies.
It took me 20 years to voice my incident, but for me a woman keeping it all within her because she has no other choice isn't a sign of weakness – it's a mark of strength and something we need to start respecting.