Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Male Celebrities Who Faced Sexual Assaults till 2017. Sexual assault is coming to the forefront of the issues facing our nation and our world. With the tape that was leaked last week about Donald Trump and the ridiculously short sentencing that rapist Brock Turner received, people are outraged. Many women are beginning to speak out about their own experiences of being sexually assaulted after Amber Tamblyn did so on Instagram. People are outraged. It’s important, though, to remember that men face sexual assault as well. Perhaps not as often as women, or perhaps it’s only that men feel that they can’t speak out about it because they’ll be perceived as weak. This list explores 10 male celebrities who were sexually assaulted.
List of Top 10 Male Celebrities Who Faced Sexual Assaults till 2017
10. Tyler Perry
On October 20, 2010, Tyler Perry went on Oprah and described his childhood as a “living hell” and said that it was hard for him to look at pictures of himself as a child. His sexual abuse started when he was only 5 years old. He was abused by a neighbor. He was then abused by a male nurse. He then faced assault from a man in his church that “used God to justify” what he was doing. He was also raped by one of his friends’ mothers. Perry speaks about something that many sexual assault survivors talk about: dissociating with one’s body. He speaks about leaving his body when the abuse was occurring. Perry’s testimony is powerful and moving.
9. Chris Brown
When interviewed by the Guardian, Chris Brown spoke about losing his virginity at age 8. He described the encounter as consensual, but many people saw immediately that he was only a child and there’s no way that it could have been consensual. Writers around the world wrote articles about their own abuse after hearing Chris Brown’s story. The biggest thing that Brown’s admission of abuse points out is our society’s lack of interest in male sexual assault. He thought it was normal and that he was just getting an early start instead of being a child who was taken advantage of.
8. Drew Carey
Drew Carey is best known for his role on The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line is it Anyway?, and The Price is Right. Carey has a dark past, though. He lost his father when he was a young child and shortly after, he was sexually abused by someone that he says is a member of his extended family. Many boys face abuse at the hands of someone they trust. Rapists are not usually the scary people that we think of them as. Carey went on to suffer from severe depression but pulled himself out of it and went on to have a great career. He’s an inspiration for any man who has been in the same position.
7. Shia LaBeouf
After a series of altercations that LaBeouf had in 2014, he offered himself up in a performance art piece called #IAMSORRY. In the piece, LaBeouf sat silently as strangers were allowed to come up to him and tell him how they felt about him or interact with him in some way. Some of the performances aspects are still unclear to people who were not there; however, during the piece, LaBeouf was assaulted by a woman. She came with her boyfriend and he says that she looked disheveled and perhaps a little out of it. The woman whipped LaBeouf’s legs and stripped him of his clothes. She then proceeded to rape him. LaBeouf has since spoken out about the sexual assault, but many people have failed to believe him. He is one of the Top 10 Male Celebrities Who Faced Sexual Assaults till 2017.
6. Tim Roth
Mostly known for his role in Reservoir Dogs, Tim Roth has gone on to star in the hit television series Lie to Me. Most people don’t know about Tim Roth’s sexual abuse. It started when he was just a child. He was victimized by an older relative in his family, though it was not his mother or father. He spoke out about his abuse and starred in the film The War Zone, in which he says he was able to “exorcise a lot of demons.”
5. Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman starred in his first commercial when he was only 3 years old. He starred in many hit movies during the 1980s such as Goonies and Stand By Me. “I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood is, was, and always will be, pedophilia,” said Corey Feldman in an interview. He was abused by multiple people throughout his childhood and teen years. He believes that Corey Haim’s death is linked to the abuse that Haim also suffered.
4. Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne is known for his dark stage performances and for songs like “Crazy Train.” He later went on to become a star for the next generation with shows like his MTV hit reality series and now a show on the History Channel, Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour. Osbourne told an interviewer for a newspaper in London that he was sexually abused as a child. Two boys would “wait for [him] to come home after school” and they would feel him and touch him. He was afraid to tell his parents because there was a stigma about talking about such things. Osbourne later went on to work through his trauma in therapy.
3. Carlos Santana
In his memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing my Story to Light, Carlos Santana came out about his childhood sexual abuse. The famous singer and guitar player talks about the abuse he suffered at the hands of an older man. The man brought Santana into America from Mexico. He would sexually abuse him and then give him toys to keep him quiet. Santana’s story has a happy ending, though. He has gone on to be extremely successful and perhaps the greatest living guitar player.
2. Axl Rose
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Axl Rose opened up about some of the problems he was facing and the backlash from the fans. Rose went on to talk about nightmares that he had as a child. They were linked to a time in his life when he was kidnapped by his father at age 2. Rose did regression therapy and remembers being raped and sexually abused by his father. He says that you have to grieve these events and nurture yourself to recover from sexual abuse.
1. Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is known as the gothic icon of the 1990s and early 2000s. He’s famous for songs like “Beautiful People” and his outrageous stage presence. Manson was molested many times by a neighbor when he was a child in Canton, Ohio. These events were what first made Manson begin to rebel. Manson’s music is notoriously dark and it’s understandable given what he went through as a child.
These are the Top 10 Male Celebrities Who Faced Sexual Assaults till 2017. All of these celebrities faced sexual assault of some kind. The thing we can take away from this is how differently males are treated than females. While it’s not an easy thing for females to come forward about their abuse, and they are often persecuted for it, the situation seems even more dire for males. Facing consequences such as not being believed, being ridiculed, and misunderstood at the very best, men are at a disadvantage when coming forward about sexual assault; however, this list of men should serve as a hopeful light at the end of the tunnel for any man who has been a victim of sexual assault. Don’t let your voice be silenced.