American television personality, author and actress Padma Lakshmi recently opened up about being raped as a teenager. In reference to the sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that went unreported for decades, Padma Laksmi wrote an opinion piece for a publication. In the piece, the actress mentioned that she was just 7 years old when she was assaulted for the first time and 16 years old when she was raped. Narrating the incident, Lakshmi revealed that she was dating a 23-year-old at that time who was quite charming and handsome. At the time, the 'Top Chef' host was just 16 years old and disclosed that just a few months into the relationship, he had sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.
Padma Lakshmi took to Twitter to share the piece she wrote to bring the incident to light and said, "I wrote an Op-Ed for @nytimes about something terrible that happened to me in my youth, something that happens to young women every day. We all have an opportunity to change the narrative and believe survivors."
Here's her tweet:
"When we went out, he would park the car and come in and sit on our couch and talk to my mother," she recalled in the piece. "He never brought me home late on a school night. We were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex."
Nearly three decades ago, on New Year's eve, Laksmi stated that after a night out with her boyfriend, she fell asleep at his apartment. "The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me," the 'Top Chef' host wrote. "I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'It will only hurt for a while.'"
Unaware of what date rape meant at that time, Padma stated that she was unsure if the incident classified as rape or sex, but continued to tell her future boyfriends that she was a virgin. "Emotionally, I still was," she wrote. She further explained how she was sent to live with her grandparents in India for a year after she told her mother and stepfather that a relative had inappropriately touched her.
Concluding the piece Padma Lakshmi said "I have nothing to gain by talking about this. But we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that, for generations, have allowed men to hurt women with impunity,"
(With inputs from ANI)
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