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Margaret Cho Opens Up About The Sexual Abuse She Received As A Child: Told By Bullies 'You Deserve To Be Raped'

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This is so incredibly sad!

In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, Margaret Cho reveals she was sexually abused as a child.

Between the ages of five and 12, the comedienne says she was molested by a close family friend.

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The 46-year-old confessed:

"I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say… "I didn't even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know. I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot."

When she was 14, the San Francisco-native was raped by a second family friend.

"I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn't know how to stop it. It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized… For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened."

What made it worse was that she could not seek solace in her high school classmates, who only used this as a way to bully her.

"When I was raped in high school, it was the first time I had sex that was penetrative, so it was different and weird… I told someone that I was raped, and the kids at school found out and said, ‘You are so ugly and fat that the only way anybody would have sex with you is if they were crazy and raped you. So don't act like you are hot and somebody wanted to f–k you. It's because you are disgusting, and you deserve to be raped.'"

While she found support in her gay English teacher, he was later killed:

"The same kids who told me I got raped because I was disgusting also told me that he was murdered because he was a f–got… That's why I ended up leaving school. I didn't want to be around people that were so cruel."

And she couldn't bring it up to her parents either:

"They don't really want to talk about it, because that would make it real somehow. I think Asian culture often is in denial about such things. Like, if they don't talk about it, it doesn't exist. So it makes me unwelcome in some ways."

However, through comedy and journaling, the LGBT advocate has been able to overcome her past and is channeling her experiences in a new song called I Want to Kill My Rapist.

She hopes that by performing music, audiences will begin to bravely start a dialogue about rape and sexual abuse, which in turn will lead to its demise.

"I'm a victim and now a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it's really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It's a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me."

We greatly applaud Margaret for opening up about such a traumatic time in her life, and we feel her honesty will help other victims come forward!

[Image via WENN.]

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