In a revelation that stunned many, American actress and singer Tisha Campbell-Martin admitted that she was sexually abused as a child.
Tisha Campbell-Martin recently revealed that she was raped when she was just three years old. In an interview with The Daily Helpline last month, Campbell-Martin said she knew as a child that what happened to her wasn’t her fault.
“I knew as a child that I did nothing wrong and that this wasn’t my fault. I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might have had.”
— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) September 23, 2015
Campbell-Martin added that she had never publicly talked about the traumatic incident. Tisha Campbell-Martin’s new song,”Steel Here,” tackles her traumatic past. The song’s powerful lyrics are a reflection of her inner strength and determination to survive despite the horrific ordeal.
“I’m still resilient I’m always gonna be here because I’m supposed to be here. I’m owing my existence. It’s a system of survival because I’m my only rival. Yes, I’m on a mission (put your seat belt on). I know I’m on assignment. The stars are in alignment. I’m ready for this!” Campbell-Martin’s traumatic past is also echoed in the themes used in the music video for her new song. The “Steel Here” music video features the singer with words painted across her chest.
Twitter user @theartofpsycho was intrigued by the words painted on Campbell-Martin’s body and asked her about it.
“@TishaCampbMrtn my favorite scene in this video is u in the black dress and the words on you! What does that scene represent?” he asked the “Steel Here” singer.
The writing on her body, explains Campbell-Martin in her reply, were actual lines lifted from the apology letter sent by her attacker through mail.
“@theartofpsycho the writing on my body and the man writing the letter reps the actual words of an apology letter I recently received….From the person who violated me when I was 3 years old. By blessing me w the apology letter he allotted me the ability…to be free and to forgive #blessed #thankful,” she tweeted.
@theartofpsycho… From the person who violated me when I was 3 yrs old. By blessing me w the apology letter he allotted me the ability…
— Tisha4real (@TishaCampblMrtn) September 22, 2015
Campbell-Martin also added that the letter released her from low self-esteem and self-deprecation.
In an interview with Hip Hollywood, Tisha Campbell-Martin credited her husband, Duane Martin, for convincing her to finally go back to singing.
“My husband was very encouraging, like, ‘like you ain’t gonna look at me shoulda, coulda, woulda.'” the former Martin star said. “You better go out there and sing again.'”
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