Comedian Margaret Cho Is Open About Her Sexual Abuse So That Other Victims Can Talk About It

The more conversations, the better.

Billboard magazine writer  didn't expect comedian Margaret Cho to talk about her sexual abuse and rape as a child and teen during their interview, but according to her piece on Cho, she's glad that she did. 

Cho opened up about how she had been sexually abused as a child and raped repeatedly as a teenager. Her healing process comes from speaking about what happened to her and through her songs, and she wants other victims to be able to talk about it, too. 

"I’m a victim and now a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me,” she explained.

According to the article, a family friend raped Cho between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. 

"I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn't know how to stop it. It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized," she said. "For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened." 

Her story certainly isn't an isolated incident.

Fifteen percent of rape or sexual assault victims are under 12 years old and girls aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to become victims. But instead of getting help, they get incarcerated, a harrowing study found

Cho was able to process her feelings through her art, but other girls and women face different obstacles handling their abuse. She tells her own story to help change that and have others understand a bit better what these victims go through.

"The rage women have against abusers is real," she said. "We have the power to come forward and say 'This happened to me.' "

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused or raped, reach out to the National Sexual Assault hotline for help or someone to talk to. Call 800-656-HOPE (4673). 

(H/T: Mic)