Angela Bassett Reveals She Was Fondled By Her Mother’s Boyfriend As A Kid

Written by Kecia Gayle October 9, 2019
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Angela Bassett Reveals She Was Fondled By Her Mother’s Boyfriend As A Kid

Beloved actress Angela Bassett recently hosted the Rape Foundation’s annual brunch where she took a moment to share her own experience with sexual molestation as a child.

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During the event, the actress revealed that when she was just a pre-teen, her mother’s boyfriend came into her room at night and felt him fondling her breasts while she was asleep.

​“Fortunately, it wasn’t a complete assault, it was fondling, but it was devastating enough for a child who’s 12 or 13,” Bassett said according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

Bassett said she brought this situation to her mother’s attention and made the best decision to end her relationship with him.

“Thankfully, to have a mother who could tell as soon as light broke that this happened and for her to expel him [meant a lot],” Bassett continued. “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.”

The 61-year-old who is a mother to teenage twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance, says she and husband Courtney B. Vance have taught their kids about respecting boundaries early on.

“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.”

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