Rihanna: A survivor of intimate partner violence by then boyfriend Chris Brown. With her swollen and bruised face, she was photographed by the media and challenged on why she “stood by her man.”
Lady Gaga: In December 2014 during an interview with Howard Stern, Lady Gaga disclosed that she had been raped at age 19 by a record producer twenty years her senior. She made a powerful statement on behalf of all survivors with her performance at the 2016 Academy Awards. Her single, Swine, is about this personal experience.
Kesha: As she entered a medical facility for treatment of an eating disorder, Kesha revealed that her personal struggles were triggered in part because of the actions of record producer Dr. Luke. She explained he had forced himself on her several times throughout her career. Luke has fervently denied all allegations of sexual assault.
R. Kelly: Research indicates victims of childhood sexual abuse may become perpetrators in their adult years. R. Kelly, who has been accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with minors, was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a friend of his mother’s for several years when he was a child.
Shia LaBeouf: We don’t often hear from male victims of sexual assault, and even less often from those men who share that they were sexually assaulted by a woman. Yet, in November 2014, actor Shia LaBeouf disclosed that he had been raped by a woman during his #IAMSORRY performance art project early that year. As part of the project, LaBeouf sat in a room with a bag over his head while visitors interacted with him and during one of these encounters a woman came in with her boyfriend and sexually assaulted him.
Oprah Winfrey: While growing up, Winfrey dealt with two sexual abuse experiences, due to being raped years apart by a cousin at age 9 and later a family friend. Like many survivors, Oprah kept her silence until well into her adult years before finally speaking out.
Ashley Judd: In her memoir, “All That is Bitter and Sweet,” actress Judd discusses being raped.