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Rapper Common shockingly reveals in new book that he was sexually abused as a child

American rapper Common has gone public with his painful past of sexual abuse to help others.

The rapper and actor is currently on a press tour for his new memoir, ‘Let Love Have the Last Word,’ in which he shares the story of having been molested as a child by a family friend.

According to CNN, on Tuesday (07.05.19) he told TMZ he’s opening up because he wants people to adopt an attitude of “I’ve experienced this and I can say something about it and find out how to heal myself when I’m dealing with it.”
“It’s something that I know a lot of people have experienced, especially black young men and women,” he said.

“Just people, in general, have experienced that type of thing and a lot of people are afraid to talk about it. But the only way we stop the cycle is to talk about it.”

According to People magazine, the alleged assault happened during a trip to Cleveland when the Chicago native was around 9 or 10 years old. Common didn’t fully identify his alleged abuser.

“I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no,'” Common wrote in his book. “He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me.”

“I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened,” Common added in his memoir.

He told Robin Roberts on the Good Morning America show on Tuesday (09.05.19)  that he was initially unsure as to whether he wanted to share about the experience.

He said, “I’m a black man and we don’t talk about those issues in ways that we could,” he said. “I wanted to create a space for people who have experienced that to be able to share that. That’s part of the healing.”

Born Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, this 47-year-old philanthropist is better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense). In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single ‘Love of My Life’.

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