Blackman 'traumatised' by assault
Children's author Malorie Blackman has revealed she was left "traumatised" after she was sexually assaulted as a young teenager.
The writer, who began a two-year stint as Children's Laureate in June, was named the most influential black person in Britain in a recent poll.
Appearing on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said the attack, which happened in a cinema when she was aged around 13, made her racist against white people.
She said: " I used to go to the cinema a lot by myself and it was Disney's Robin Hood, of all things, and three guys came up behind me, three white guys, and two of them grabbed my arms so I couldn't move and the other one sexually assaulted me and I was so traumatised.
" I mean, they were laughing and they thought it was a big joke and I kind of managed to get away and ran away in floods of tears and absolutely traumatised and it was, kind of, they were horrible and then it was all white men were horrible and then it was all white people are horrible and it got to the stage where I thought do I really want to live like this?
"Hating people because of their colour is the very thing that I object to when people do it to me."
Earlier this week, a ctress Emma Thompson said she was abused by a children's magician at her eighth birthday party.
The double Oscar-winner said she felt so strongly about the pressures on young girls that she had written a guide about growing up for her teenage daughter.