I was never raped but I was taken advantage of by my uncle & 5 other men when I was between the ages of 6-12. I was 6, my uncle was 10 years older than me. I remember being in his room watching him masturbate while I masturbated. I don’t know how or when it started to happen. Although I know I was small, I was always ashamed and never said a word. When I was approx 12, I had a friend of a friend stick his finger up my vagina while I was sleeping on the couch with multiple other kids sleeping in the same room. I was terrified when I woke up and caught him. He apologized an offered me a root beer to not tell. I accepted due to shame. When I was 11, I babysat the kids at their house. After they went to bed, I was laying on the floor watching tv. I had made a comment about my leg hurting so their dad decided to massage my leg. He kept going farther and farther up my leg until he almost reached my vagina. I stopped him by getting up. There were a few other instances of men crossing the line into my space. All of these instances seem trivial but people need to understand they changed me forever. I lost my virginity at 12. I thought I was in control of my sexuality. I was out of control. I have been open about my past because I am a survivor and victims need to know it doesn’t necessarily take penetration to be traumatized and forever changed. I am beyond inspired to continue telling my story and helping others to do the same. Thank Miss World for being so brave.
– Malanie, age 44