In a new interview with MTV, Amber Rose reveals that she was sexually assaulted in middle school, but was blamed for the incident. She recalls:
I was sexually assaulted in the seventh grade. This boy stuck his hand all the way up my skirt. I was sitting on the edge of the stage in the auditorium, and he sat down next to me and put his hand up my skirt… I went to principal, and I told her that I felt extremely violated. I couldn’t believe that he had touched me like that. And she blamed me. She said, “You shouldn’t even be wearing a skirt like that.” Obviously, in the seventh grade, my skirt was not that short — but even if it was, that didn’t give him the right to shove his hand up my skirt.
I grew up in a very poor neighborhood [in South Philadelphia], and went to a very poor school, and she made me feel like I didn’t matter. That’s another thing I talk about in my book — classism. There are Victoria’s Secret models who wear lingerie constantly, and no one calls them a ho. But if an Instagram model posts a picture of her in lingerie because she’s confident and she’s sexy and she’s happy with her body, she’s labeled a ho.
The newly published author also opens up about how she remains so confident, in a world that can be highly critical of her at times.
From my mom, for sure. I was always different. I wasn’t like the girls in my neighborhood. I dressed differently. I was into heavy metal. I had a mohawk before mohawks were cool, before Puff had a mohawk. It wasn’t cool at the time, and they used to call me a South Street kid because I was just very different. No matter what I put on, my mom would say, “Amber, you are so beautiful. You look amazing. I love that outfit.” She always gave me the confidence, so when I went out and people would make fun of me, I would be like, “This is me. If you don’t like it, I don’t give a s–t.” My mom gave me that confidence, and I’m going to do the same to my son.
Click here for the full interview.