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'We Survived Sexual Abuse'

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In hopes of helping others, two women are going public with their stories.

Margaret Hoelzer and Mo'Nique
U.S. swimmer and Olympic silver medalist Margaret Hoelzer just won three medals at the Beijing Olympics. Now she's sharing the pain of her past sexual abuse to make sure what happened to her doesn't happen to other kids.

This week, she announced she was sexually molested for two years by a playmate's father, starting when she was five years old. "I was going to their house on a regular basis," Hoelzer told the AP. "I would spend the night at their house from time to time ... It was definitely a situation where I was taught to trust that person."

When she was eleven, she told her mother, who then went to the cops. Although the alleged molester was arrested, there was not enough evidence to charge him. That was hard for Margaret, but now she's eager to use her story to help others.

She's not the only celebrity going public.

To see how Mo'Nique's story hits even closer to home, go to 'We Survived Sexual Abuse,' page 2.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous September 17, 2008, 2:54 PM

I really applaud these women for coming forward. My best friend was molested for 6 years and it affects her daily. Keep spreading awareness. No child should have to suffer this way.

Anonymous September 17, 2008, 5:36 PM

I was molested by an uncle but no one believed me.

mom22 September 17, 2008, 5:46 PM

my sister was molested at a very young age 6 and she still thinks about every day. it’s so sad these scumbags really need to be sent an example like death or at the least life without any parole.

M.L. September 17, 2008, 10:50 PM

My brother-in-law molested his two sisters and two nieces. They are just now coming foward with this, but it has effected their whole lives. I admire these women for coming forward with this

TroubledTeen September 18, 2008, 1:23 AM

Awareness is key, there are many forms of molestation. We always think of adults, but our children can also be molested by their peers or siblings of peers. Wanting to be accepted, experimentation. This can also cause feelings of confusion.

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