“I Was Nine” Jeannie Mai Shares Her Childhood Sexual Assault On “The Real”
The conversation about sexual harassment and assault is an ongoing one because it’s an issue that’s so prevalent in our society. It’s an epidemic. While our Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of assaulting at least three different women, at various points in his life, more and more women are sharing their stories.
Today, on “The Real,” Jeannie Mai discussed the assault she survived as a young girl.
See what she had to say about the experience and the timeframe of speaking out below.
“As a person who was sexually assaulted at a young age by somebody very close to me, I remember the trifecta that I would continuously process. Fear, anger, shame. Fear, anger, shame. Fear: what’s going to happen to our family if I say something and out this person? Anger: Why did you just sit there? Why did you let this go on for four years? What’s wrong with you?”
Loni: How old were you when this happened?
Jeannie: I was nine and went on until I was about 12…13.
Loni: And you didn’t tell anybody?
Jeannie: I didn’t tell anybody because this is somebody I really cared about. And there’s a little bit of Stockholm syndrome in there too. Cuz if somebody, who’s a stranger, did it to me. I know what to do. I know how to wile out. I got that down.But when it’s somebody trust, somebody you know, somebody you’re supposed to love and believe in, you just freeze.
So it went on for four years and after two years, I finally found the strength to say something. But if it took me two years or it took me twenty years, it does not invalidate [her experience.]
You can listen to Jeannie Mai share in the video below.