Actor Opens Up About Being Sexually Abused At The Age Of 7

Shreemi Verma , 20 Apr 2016
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In a statement given to US magazine, actor Dax Shepard revealed that he was molested as a child. The actor revealed that the offender was an 18-year-old neighbour. He said the abuse was ‘minimal,’ but had a devastating effect on him.

It took me 12 years to tell anyone. And then all that time, I was like, a: ‘It’s my fault,’ as generic as that is … ‘and I’m gay, I must have manifested this because I’m secretly gay.’ I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years.

Dax’s mother, who is a court appointed lawyer shared a statistic with him which made him change the way he looked at the incident and his drug addiction. Dax revealed it was nearly impossible to stay away from addiction due to his molestation, but his mother’s words changed everything. She said – “You know, I was just at a seminar this weekend and I learned that if you’ve been molested, you only have a 20% chance of not being an addict.”

And I (Dax) was like, ‘Hm, interesting,’ because in my mind I just like to … have a great time. But when you hear a statistic like that, I’m like, ‘Oh no, I was going to be an addict, period.'”

Dax then shared that he has been sober since 2004. He started dating Kristen Bell in 2007 and the couple got married in 2013. They have two daughters, Lincoln, 3 and Delta, 1. This revelation is very brave of him.

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