Padma Lakshmi claims, she was raped at 16 but kept silent

American TV personality, actor, author, and model Padma Lakshmi recently stated that she was being raped at teenage 16.

In concern to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that accusation went unreported for long, Ms. Lakshmi wrote for The New York Time an Op-Ed.

In a letter, the host of “Top Chef” wrote that she was only 7 when she was sexually assaulted for the first time and in 16-years she was brutally raped.

Lakshmi narrates her sad-story and said that 23-years old handsome college students flirted with her when she was only 16-years old and she used to work in a mall at a part-time retail job in Los Angeles. After being few months in a relationship with her, she claims of being assaulted sexually while she was asleep.

Lakshmi said, “When we went out, he would park the car and come in and sit on our couch and talk to my mother. He never brought me home late on a school night. We were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex.”

Three decades ago, on an evening of New Year, she said that after a night out with him, she fell asleep in his place and “The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me.” “I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘It will only hurt for a while’.”

At that point of time, she was completely unaware about rape and she was confused that she should define the incident as ‘sex or rape’ but she continued telling her future boyfriends that she was virgin. She noted that “Emotionally, I still was.”

She further stated how when she was only 7, was sent to India to stay with her grandparents for a year as she reported her mother that one of their relatives has touched her badly and put her hands on his penis. The star said, “the lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out.”

Lakshmi with all pain and sorrow concluded that “I have nothing to gain by talking about this. But we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that, for generations, have allowed men to hurt women with impunity.”

by Chandrani Sarkar on September 26, 2018

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