Grammy-Winning Pop Star Gloria Estefan Breaks Her Silence Over Being Sexually Abused at Age Nine
"He was family, but not close family. He was in a position of power because my mother had put me in his music school and he immediately started telling her how talented I was and how I needed special attention, and she felt lucky that he was focusing this kind of attention on me", she said in the episode.
La cantante Gloria Estefan reveló que fue abusada sexualmente a los 9 años de edad por una persona cercana a su familia.— Directo a la Fuente (@directolafuente) October 1, 2021
“Fue alguien en el que mi mamá confiaba. Estaba en una posición de poder. Sabía que estaba loco y por eso pensé que podía hacerle daño a mi mamá”. pic.twitter.com/xCM0fqGyMz
"Ninety-three percent of abused children know and trust their abusers. And I know this because I was one of them", Gloria said.
Thank you so much for your kindness…I don’t want your heart to break because mine is full of so much love that I have received from my family and all of you amazing fans. Hopefully my sharing will help someone, somehow. Sending you love! ✌️😘❤️🌻🎶☀️— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) October 1, 2021
I was 5 when my abuse started (less than a year after the family photo was taken) and like @GloriaEstefan it was a family member—a VERY close family member. One whom I still have a relationship with today and have never spoken to them about it. pic.twitter.com/YG86n274Ou— Madi Pareti (@madijayne2) October 1, 2021
Absolutely…I believe we all go looking for self help and it did, indeed, help me. ✌️😘❤️— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) October 1, 2021
The empowerment begins when the child’s voices are heard.. and acted upon— Baruch Sandhaus (@BaruchSandhaus) October 1, 2021
Thank you for speaking up 💪🏽
Thank you so much for the kind message! My hopes are to open some eyes so we can find ways to better protect our children. ✌️😘❤️🌻🎶☀️— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) September 30, 2021