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Tiffany Haddish reveals she was sexually assault at 17

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ACTOR AND comedian Tiffany Haddish is known for her jovial spirit, laugh-out-loud humour and larger than life personality. But beneath all that, the star has revealed a painful experience which has remained hidden for a long time.

Haddish is on the cover of Glamour Magazine's September 2018 issue, and in an interview with the publication, the Girl's Trip star revealed that as a teenager she was raped by a police cadet.

Speaking about the sexual assault, she said: "That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counselling."

The incident occurred the night of her homecoming dance when Haddish was 17-years-old. She said that her rapist met her at a family member’s baseball game and had lied to her about his age. On the night of her dance, the man offered her a lift to her house, but instead brought her to his home.

"We get to his place and I see, like, handcuffs and a police uniform and I’m like, ‘What’s that? Is that like a Halloween costume or something? And he’s like, ‘No I’m a cadet, I’m training to be in the police force. I want to end up being a police officer.

"Next thing I know, I’ve got one arm up in the handcuff, and he’s got me pinned down. He raped me, he was stronger than me. It was the worst feeling in the world."

The actress said she reported the rape when it happened and that the horrific experience for her was "life-changing".

|I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive. You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me"

Explaining why she chose not to name and shame her abuser, Haddish said: "Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan. I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do—just keep talking? Or is there action behind it."

Since going public with her sexual assault, fans have shared supportive messages for the comedienne.

"Tiffany Haddish is so inspiring for girls that share a lot of the experiences she’s had," said one Twitter user, while another said: "Sad story, and frustrating that the authorities apparently did nothing.'

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