Madonna has shared her horrifying ordeal with sexual assault, and told of how she feared being “humiliated” and “violated” by the reporting process that is, according to her, “just not worth it.”
Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and may be triggering for some readers.
This week, Madonna spoke about being raped at knife point as a teenager. Yet, she said never reported the assault for the fear of reliving the humiliation and pain of the assault itself.
Sadly, this is a sentiment echoed by rape victims all over the world.
At the age of 19, Madonna left her native Michigan with $35 in her pocket and moved to Manhattan, where, within the first year, her apartment was broken into three times, she was held up at gunpoint, and raped at knifepoint.
“I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the payphone,” the now 56-year-old said.
“[A man] gave it to me … he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody.”
He convinced her to make the call from his apartment across the street, where he eventually raped her.
However, when asked if she reported the encounter, Madonna said: “You’ve already been violated. It’s just not worth it. It’s too much humiliation.”
New York Magazine reports this isn’t the first time Madonna has spoken about her experience with sexual assault.
In 2013, she penned an essay for Harper’s Bazaar, in which she told about being dragged to a roof top and assaulted at knife point.
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Sadly, the singer’s sentiments are echoed by many sexual assault survivors: the process of reporting rape is painful and humiliating — an extension of the assault itself.
Just last week, a female surgeon said Australian hospitals fail to protect and support doctors who report sexual assault.
Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, has also spoken about the woeful response she received from authorities, after her abusive ex-partner murdered her son in 2014.