TRIGGER WARNING: This article deals with an account of rape/sexual assault and may be triggering for survivors of abuse.
Madonna has written about being raped at knifepoint.
The incident apparently occurred when the Queen of Pop first moved to New York from her childhood home in the suburban Midwest, in the hope of pursuing her dreams of stardom.
She writes in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar:
New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.
The 55-year-old goes on to describe being scared of New York, but determined to make it work. She reflects on posing naked for life drawing classes, and pinning a picture of Frida Kahlo on her wall as an inspiring symbol of adversity bringing success.
Talking about rape isn’t easy. But it’s important. Given the number of sexual assaults that go unreported year after year, public discussion is essential to solidify that rape can happen to anyone and that, when it does, it is not okay.
So, it’s excellent to see women like Madonna, who have gone on to achieve so much, speak about their experiences.
Thank you, Madonna.
Please note if this post or any of the comments bring up any issues for you, or if you need to speak to someone please 1800-RESPECT or the NSW Rape Crisis Centre on 1800 424 017. It does not matter where about you live in Australia, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.