Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan has revealed on Sept. 30 that someone her family trusted sexually abused her at the age of nine.
Estefan spoke publicly about the abuse for the first time during an episode of the Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans.”
Estefan, 64, said that a man she described as a “respected member of the community” sexually abused her at a music school.
“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,” Estefan said.
Without naming her abuser, Estefan said that the abuse started “little by little and then it goes fast.”
Estefan further said that she knew she was in a “dangerous” situation, but her abuser threatened to kill her mother.
“When I revolted and told him, ‘This cannot happen and you cannot do this.’ He said, ‘Your father is in Vietnam, your mother is alone. I will kill her if you tell her,'” Estefan said.
Estefan said she eventually told her mother who then called the police, but officers advised her not to press charges because Estefan would “go through worse trauma having to get on a stand and testify.”
Also in the episode was TV personality Clare Crawley who revealed that a priest at a Catholic school sexually abused her. However, when her family sued the church, the church transferred the priest to another parish where he abused more children, Crawley said.
Estefan said in the episode that she wanted to deal with the topic “because it is so important to try to prevent.”
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