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Williams: Rape survivors aren’t alone

Vanessa Williams has spoken about why she decided to come forward about being sexually abused as a child.

The 51-year-old Desperate Housewives actress revealed to the world she was molested at the age of 10 by writing about the incident in her 2012 memoir, You Have No Idea.

And Vanessa says it was incredibly important for her to go public with what happened.

“I wanted young girls to be able to identify to know you’re not alone. The scary thing is the people that come up to you that have similar stories," the star told Fox411. "It’s the most disturbing part of it. It’s made me who I am, but the reality is how often it happens is the really sad part.”

It’s believed an estimated 26 victims have alleged they were raped after being drugged by Bill Cosby, with supermodel Janice Dickinson also stepping forth with similar claims recently.

Vanessa has offered her thoughts on why many of these women decided to remain silent about the alleged rape for so many years.

“The stories are certainly consistent. It’s really unfortunate the tales that were told that are varied but similar, but it’s the abuse of power," Vanessa said. "If these allegations are true, these women were trusting, and hoping that someone can be a mentor. It’s shocking.

“It’s part of these women’s journey. It comes down to betrayal. Besides the physical act, it’s a betrayal. It’s one of the things that would make you act out.”

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