Angela Bassett opened up about her own painful experience with sexual violation; being fondled by her mother’s boyfriend when she was just a child.
The actress recently hosted the Rape Foundation’s annual brunch where she took a moment to share her own experience with sexual molestation as a child.
She revealed that when she was a young girl, her mother’s boyfriend entered her room one night while she was sleeping and fondled her breasts. “Fortunately, it wasn’t a complete assault, it was fondling, but it was devastating enough for a child who’s 12 or 13,” Bassett told reporters at the event on Sunday afternoon.
Angela Bassett said she was grateful that her mother quickly believed her and took swift action. ”Thankfully, to have a mother who could tell as soon as light broke that this happened and for her to expel him,” Bassett said. “That she heard me, believed me, and did something about it, I think was so empowering for me as a young teen, as a young woman.”
Today, Bassett is a mother to teenage twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance, with husband Courtney B. Vance. And she says that teaching her children boundaries early was important to her.
“You just want them to be aware,” Bassett said. “They’ll be in situations one day, and when a girl says no, both to him and to her, she means no.”