There are 237,868 victims of sexual assault or rape in the United States every year. Several celebrities have had the misfortune of being included in this statistic. Many of them have decided to speak about their experiences to help other victims of rape move on with their lives. For more information or to get help, contact the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 800-656-HOPE.
Among celebrities raped before they were famous, media mogul Oprah Winfrey is listed here. The talk show host was raped by a relative when she was just 9 years old. Winfrey has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of abuse and frequently used her show as a platform for fellow survivors to tell their stories. Other famous women who have been the victims of rape include Fiona Apple, Fran Drescher, Jane Fonda, Kelly McGillis, Tori Amos, and Gabrielle Union.
Actress Teri Hatcher revealed she was sexually molested from the age of five after her uncle was later convicted for multiple cases of statutory rapes and child molestation. He served six years of his prison sentence before dying of colon cancer in 2008.
Some famous men have also been victims of rape. Singer Rufus Wainwright was raped and robbed in Hyde Park in 1987 when he was just 14 years old. Wainwright has said that he survived the attack by faking a seizure. Other famous male rape victims include Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who was raped when he was in prison, as was the notorious robber Clyde Barrow.