Kalki Koechlin explains why she opened up on having faced abuse as a child

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 16:53 IST

Trust actor Kalki Koechlin to call a spade a spade, and then ruffle a few feathers. Talking to Humans of Bombay, a Facebook Group created on the lines of the popular Humans of New York, Kalki, by far one of the most outspoken Bollywood actors, surprised everyone on Saturday when she opened up again on how she was sexually abused at the age of 9.

In a post shared by Humans of Bombay, Kalki said, "The reason I spoke out about my sexual abuse is not to get people to feel sorry for me but to give others who have had similar circumstances the confidence to talk about it. I allowed someone to have sex with me at the age of nine, not understanding fully what it meant and my biggest fear after was that my mother would find out. I felt it was my mistake and so I kept it hidden for years. If I had had the confidence or awareness to confide in my parents it would have saved me years of complexes about my own sexuality. It's important that parents remove the taboo around the word sex or private parts so kids can speak openly and be saved from potential abuse." (sic)

"The reason i spoke out about my sexual abuse is not to get people to feel sorry for me but to give others who have had...

Posted by Humans of Bombay on Thursday, April 9, 2015

This is not the first time Kalki has spoken about having faced abuse as a child. She revealed her experience for the first time last year during an

interview to NDTV

, and added that the reason she never spoke about it earlier was because for her "it's not a one day headline, it's something that's a reality she has lived with for a long time".

In her Facebook post, Kalki also said that she does not want to hide her true self from the society, be it divorce or abuse. "Me and my husband didn't want to pretend for other people," she said.

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