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This Celeb Revealed She's Been Sexually Abused And Raped On Live TV

Katie Price bravely spoke out about how being the victim of sexual abuse as a child and rape later in life has affected her.

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Former glamour model Katie Price has been honest about many aspects of her life over the last 20 years.

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But now that she's a panelist on Loose Women, Katie is opening up about the sexual abuse she experienced aged 7, by a stranger in a park.

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As part of the show's "Never Too Late To Tell" campaign, a short clip of Katie referencing the incident on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, in 2009, was shown.

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In the clip, Katie is seen mentioning an incident that occurred "in a park" during her childhood, that she'd never spoken about before.

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When pushed to elaborate, Katie simply said she wasn't going to discuss the incident any further.

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Katie was then asked by her Loose Women co-stars whether she'd gone on to talk about it. She said she hadn't.

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But that she said she knew that the incident must have "affected" her because she'd uncharacteristically been moved to tears when probed about it.

She said: "I say it hasn't affected me, but now when I look at that, it must have deep down, because I never cry about anything. That was the first time I've cried on TV. But I've never gone into actual detail about what he did."
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She said: "I say it hasn't affected me, but now when I look at that, it must have deep down, because I never cry about anything. That was the first time I've cried on TV. But I've never gone into actual detail about what he did."

Katie went on to reveal that this wasn't the only incident of sexual abuse she's experienced.

She said: "That's not the first time I've been abused, either. That was just one particular incident. I've been abused and raped since then."
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She said: "That's not the first time I've been abused, either. That was just one particular incident. I've been abused and raped since then."

Katie first spoke about being raped in 2009, while defending her then husband, Alex Reid, over allegations that he'd starred in a film glorifying rape.

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She said:

Rape is a subject very close to my own heart. I was raped when I was younger, more than once. Needless to say, I'd never be associated with anything or anyone so sick. I've never talked about this before, but I feel I have to now because I was so hurt by these accusations that I would not take this subject, which affects so many women, seriously. I urge any woman who has been affected by rape and needs help, to talk to somebody they trust about it.

However, during her appearance on Loose Women, Katie admitted for the first time that the sexual abuse she's experienced has undoubtedly played a part in her decision to become a glamour model.

She said: "I just deal with it and get on with it. But I was training as a nurse after I left school, and then I got the opportunity to be a model. The glamour side of it all was all sexy – it's all portrayed for men. It was like, you can look at me but you can't touch me. I can say what I like, and I can do what I like in a picture, but I'm protecting myself. As a way of control."
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She said: "I just deal with it and get on with it. But I was training as a nurse after I left school, and then I got the opportunity to be a model. The glamour side of it all was all sexy – it's all portrayed for men. It was like, you can look at me but you can't touch me. I can say what I like, and I can do what I like in a picture, but I'm protecting myself. As a way of control."

You can find out more about Loose Women's "Never Too Late To Tell" campaign, which encourages victims of childhood sexual abuse to consider speaking out, here.

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual assault or rape, support can be found here.