Published On: Mon, Apr 9th, 2012

Vanessa Williams Molested at Age 10

Hollywood actress and ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Vanessa Williams had always portrayed ‘toughie’ roles. Often, Williams gets to be the domineering boss, the demanding girlfriend and even the bitchy friend.

No one could have known the secret she has been keeping to herself for a long time — she was molested at age 10.

The 49-year old actress recently opened up about her traumatic past and revealed that she was sexually molested as a child by a family friend through her memoir, ‘You have no idea’.

Williams shares that the fateful experience happened during a trip to visit family friends in California.

According to Williams her family friend’s 18-year-old daughter snuck into the room she was sleeping in and allegedly pulled her bloomers and started molesting her.

Williams recounted that she lay paralyzed as it was happening and that she was told never to tell anyone.

Despite the horrific experience, Williams said she coped by not dwelling on the incident and that she has moved on.

About the Author

- is a former Entertainment News Editor at The University of Tennessee's independent student newspaper, the Daily Beacon. She acts on her passion to improve citizen journalism through various initiatives such as the OJO, Citizen Journalist League, the World Journalists Summit, and InterJOURN. Leslie is co-author and creative director of various citizen journalism books that is sold in the United States and the U.K.

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