Madonna first bravely admitted that she was raped to Harper's Bazaar in 2013, but while appearing on Howard Stern, the Material Girl gave even more details that left us heartbroken.
Explaining that she had just moved to New York City from Michigan at 19 years old, the singer admitted that she was overwhelmed by everything.
"I was in shock, I didn't know a soul," she told Stern. "I was saying, 'Hi' to people on the street like a dork."
Her apartment kept getting burglarized, but the singer still had high hopes for her life and kept going to dance classes—which is where she encountered her rapist.
"I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the payphone," she explained. "[This guy] gave it to me, he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody." He then persuaded her to make the call from his home instead.
"I was raped."
Stern asked Madonna if she had reported the crime at the time. Madonna said no. "You've already been violated," she said. "It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation."
Before you shake your head, you should know—Madonna's not alone. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an estimated 68% of rapes go unreported, and 98% of rapists will not spend one day in jail. One in six women in the U.S. will be raped in her lifetime.
We can only hope that Madonna's case—and others who bring the subject to light—will only help increase awareness, end the stigma, and allow those who have experienced abuse to feel safe enough to report it.
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