Tiffany Haddish Was Raped As A Teenager: That’s Why I’m Semi Agressive When Dealing w/ Men
One of the things we love most about comedienne, Tiffany Haddish, is her willingness to share her testimony. Her struggles with the foster care system, domestic abuse, and homelessness make her story of triumph even sweeter.
In a new interview, the 38-year-old starlet revealed she was raped by a police cadet at 17-years-old. That police cadet lied about his age when they met at a baseball game, offered her a ride home after a school dance, and tricked her into coming into his home. She detailed the incident:
So we get there and we get to his place and I see, like, handcuffs and a police uniform and I’m like, ‘What’s that? Is that like a Halloween costume or something?
And he’s like, ‘No I’m a cadet, I’m training to be in the police force. I want to end up being a police officer.’ … Next thing I know, I’ve got one arm up in the handcuff, and he’s got me pinned down.
Tiffany added that she sought professional help after the traumatic incident. She said:
That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling.
She notes that the rape prompted her to resort to more eradication defense mechanisms when she feels threatened by men. Tiffany says she causes attention to men when she gets unwanted advances. She said:
I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive.
You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.
She is also on guard for men who make inappropriate advances in exchange for professional opportunities. She said:
I’ve had experiences where directors or producers are like, ‘You want this job?’?I might get real bossy and say, ‘First off, don’t nobody want to see your little dick!’ I get loud, all that.
Laughter heals the soul, and Tiffany Haddish is definitely helping us laugh through our pain.
By Miata Shanay