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Fashion photographer Nigel Barker courageously revealed on Tuesday that he was sexually assaulted as child.
The 43-year-old personality recalled being just eight years old when he was approached by a man in his 40s while walking home from school. After helping the stranger with directions, the man claimed he couldn't read so Barker agreed to help.
"I went up to the door and read the names on the buzzers … I went to push it, and he pushed me from behind, jolted me through the doors and I fell to my feet inside the door. The door closed and I'm not trapped between a stairwell inside and a shut door. I have a man who is much bigger than me, push me to the ground, grab me, pull my trousers and my pants down. I'm now exposed and I'm screaming and thrashing."
"I kicked and I actually kicked him in the nuts and he sort of jumped back for a second. Enough for me to get up, squeeze out, and as he tried to grab for me in the back of my neck and the back of my hair, I ran out. And I ran all the way home. Now here's the thing, I didn't tell anyone. I didn't tell my parents. I didn't tell my brothers. I told no one. I was humiliated. I was scared. I was worried. I thought I had done the wrong thing. I thought I had done the bad thing. It was something that stuck with me for a very long time."
It was not until about three years after when he told his family about the attack after learning his sister was also the victim of assault by a neighbor:
"She had been playing around at his house and actually had something very similar happen to her in the house, but it was worse unfortunately."
The London native says it's important to share stories to raise awareness about such a widespread issue:
"Get out there. Talk about it. And don't be afraid. Empower our children and our kids to do just that."
You can listen to the entire reveal (below):
Wow. We respect Nigel's decision to go public with his story in hopes of providing strength to other victims.
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