Stacey Dash Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse and Drug Addiction

Stacey Dash bookWhile Stacey Dash’s opinions on race and politics have made her somewhat of a social outcast, there’s no arguing with the fact that she has had a pretty rough life.

The former Clueless star is opening up about her painful past in her new memoir There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative. In the book, Dash talks about the turmoil from her childhood and how her hardships helped get her to where she is today. The 49-year-old Fox News pundit recently spoke to People about being molested by a 16-year-old who knew her family starting at age four, and becoming addicted to cocaine as a teenager. She also goes into detail about a physically abusive relationship she got into in her 20s. “Part of me felt like I deserved it because what I was coming from was no better,” she said. “I didn’t have an identity.”

She said her ex-boyfriend even stalked her after they’d broken up and raped her at gunpoint once while her young son was sleeping nearby. “He had a gun to my head and I thought, ‘My son is in that crib right there,’ ” Dash said. “[I thought], ‘No you are not going to do this.’ My son’s life was more important to me than my own.”

While the majority of the interview centered around the revelations in her new book, Dash didn’t let that stop her from talking politics. She said she wants to work to improve the lives of inner city youth who are growing up in situations similar to her own. “When you get stuff for free, you have no self-worth,” she explained. “When you have no self-worth, you become depressed, addicted, and either abused or an abuser. This is what perpetuates the cycle of violence in inner cities. We don’t need free stuff. We need opportunities.”

There Goes My Social Life hits bookstores on June 6.

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