Ashley Judd isn’t the only member of her famous family to be the victim of sexual abuse.
Just days after the release of the actress’ controversial tell-all book, in which she admits to being molested as a child, her mother has revealed she too was sexually abused.
Naomi Judd made the startling revelation on “The View” Thursday, during an appearance with her oldest daughter, Wynonna. The pair were on the show to promote their new reality series, “The Judds,” which premieres Sunday on the OWN Network.
Naomi struggled to hold back tears as she discussed the painful memories of her youth.
“I never told a single soul until about two years ago we were sitting at our kitchen table with our therapist…and he asked me what was your first memory?” she said. “And I said ‘well, it was being sexually abused is my first memory.’”
She kept it to herself all through her childhood and as an adult.
“The reason I didn’t tell anybody is that I grew up in a family of secrets…I realize now and I give my mother a break, but I didn’t trust my mother…”
Daughter Wynonna said she only learned of her mother’s abuse two years ago.
“She told me on the tour…and I was really was a little resentful that the cameras were on because it’s such a personal thing, but I think we’re willing to step out on faith and hope that it helps someone else to tell someone because there is a lot of shame and secrecy and it shows that everyone in our family that this is affecting us and to watch out for the next generation.”
Wynonna, too, is a victim of sexual abuse, something she discussed in her 2005 memoir, “Coming Home to Myself.”
While mother and daughter have lent their support to Ashley, they have neither confirmed or denied the allegations made by the youngest Judd sibling in “All That Is Bitter & Sweet.”
“We all have three different realities of the same car ride to the nightmares we were in. And it’s her turn to tell her side of the story,” Wynonna said.
She might feel differently after she’s read it, though, something she admits she has yet to do.
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