I Remember Feeling Spiritually Numb: Tisha Campbell Recounts Sexual Assault On TV One’s “Uncensored”
TV One’s “Uncensored” is returning with new celebrity guests. This Sunday, October 6, Tisha Campbell will share some of the challenges she’s experienced and overcome in life, including her son’s autism diagnosis and being sexually abused as a child.
In the show, she shared the moments after the rape, which took place when she was three-years-old at the hands of her male babysitter and telling her father about the incident.
Tisha: I remember feeling really numb, not physically but numb spiritually.
Tisha’s Mother: When that happens to your child, that never, ever goes away.
Tisha: I remember the next morning still kind of limping and I remember my dad saying, ‘What’s wrong with you? Why are you limping like that?’ And I said [the babyistter’s name] he put his thing inside me. And I knew that ‘He’ll handle it. My dad will handle it.’
Campbell has spoken about being sexually abused at the age of three on several occasions, including last year when Simone Biles and other U.S. gymnasts spoke about being sexually molested at the hands of their doctor Larry Nassar.
Campbell said that as a fellow sexual assault survivor she did not reach out to Biles because she felt it was something that should be handled within the family.
“…when children, especially in their formative years, have something like that happen to them, it’s devastating.”
Tisha shared that her father did handle it once he learned of her assault.
“I told, I told right away, right away I told. I had a father who was a big guy and I trusted that he would protect me. So I told my dad immediately, but it still affects you later on in life.”
In the series, she also spoke about the loss of “Martin” co-star Tommy Ford and how it helped her reunite with her cast mates.
“UNCENSORED: Tisha Campbell” airs Sunday, October 6th at 9/8c on TV One.