Jeannie Mai Reveals She Was Sexually Abused As Child
Written by KFAT on June 9, 2019
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “The Real” host Jeannie Mai revealed she was sexually abused as a child in an emotional video or her YouTube series “Hello Hunnay” on Thursday 23rd. She admitted that tragedy led to an 8-year rift with her mother, who also appeared in the video.
“We’ve talked before that we had a major falling out when I was about 16 until I was 24. I’ve never actually talked about that incident with my mom since then. We’re talking for the first time about how that affected us,” Mai said.
In the video, Mai explained that her mom had to take on a second job after her second brother was born. Given this situation, the family had to ask a family member to watch Mai after school.
“We needed to find a babysitter, so we called upon a family member. [He] came over every single day and stayed with me after school and became a really cool, iconic person in my life. This person was 16, 17 and I was nine,” Mai said.
“The Real” host then explained that she became quite close to that family member. Then she recalled the sexual abuse.
“I just remember one day this person sitting very close to me, we were playing video games, and he started to touch my thigh. I was also just stunned because I had never been intimately touched like that so I couldn’t tell if it was wrong,” she said.
Mai explained the abuse continued for over a year. She pointed out she never said anything because she was “afraid.”
According to Mai, when she finally told her mother at age 13 what happened, she simply “didn’t get it.”
Mai explained she eventually ran away from home three years later and move to San Francisco. Nine years later, she and her mother finally reconnected and Mai was able to get her to understand what had happened to her.
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