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Jessica White Reveals Abusive Childhood & Partners With Russell Simmons On Anti-Child Abuse Campaign

During a speech at her Angel Wings Foundation dinner last weekend, Jessica White revealed details about her abusive childhood and her plans to partner with Russell Simmons on an anti-child abuse campaign. Deets inside.....

While delivering a speech at her Angel Wings Foundation dinner at Georgica in East Hampton last weekend, model Jessica White revealed she was abused as a child.

Though the admission was hard, Jessica said,

"I wanted the world to know. It just came out, and I realized, standing there, that I was healed."

Saying that she has "the blood of a warrior," she also announced that she's creating an online campaign to help victims of child abuse with Russell Simmons and Gabrielle Union, as well as organizing an Angel Wings gala in November.  It's great to see Jessica putting this together and giving back.  I wonder if her past drug abuse was related to the child abuse she suffered?

 

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damn did u have to mention

damn did u have to mention her"PAST drug abuse".
KEE's picture

Well this is what she told

Well this is what she told people.com back 03/11. Past White, in fact, says that she hates violence, particularly because she was the victim of abuse herself. Revealing her story for the first time, White explains that as a child in Buffalo, New York, she not only watched helplessly as her loved ones coped with abusive relationships, but, at 14, she was molested by a family member. "I had to go through the hurt secretly," she says, adding that when she first came out about the ordeal, she was told that she should keep it private. "I look at modeling as a savior, because [it allowed me] to leave and travel to Paris and New York when I could finally relax and be out of the abusive environment." Still, after moving out of her mother's house at 17, the loneliness and pain caught up with White, who turned to cocaine as a way of dealing with her problems. About three years later, she overdosed. "I was going to lose everything," she says of the time she saw her "whole life flash before me." "But I was lucky, because I came face to face with evil, and it wasn't something I liked seeing
Crystal's picture

Maybe that explains why he

Maybe that explains why he loves white men so much. Because of the abuse - she feels more important if a white man give her a feeling of having self-worth. Yep... that explains it.
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ewwww wtf??!! that has

ewwww wtf??!! that has nothing to do with anything? and she went out with Terrell Owens. last time I checked he aint white?? ignorance is bliss
Anonymous's picture

ewwww wtf??!! that has

ewwww wtf??!! that has nothing to do with anything? and she went out with Terrell Owens. last time I checked he aint white?? ignorance is bliss
Anonymous's picture

y'all must live pathetic

y'all must live pathetic lives smh
lola's picture

She's blessed to be able to

She's blessed to be able to make money from her God given looks. Nice to see her giving back. She's beautiful!!
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I am not surprised she has a

I am not surprised she has a nasty attitude..,,and who did she bang to get where she is today...they will put anyone on the runway nowadays yuck
Anonymous's picture

Why am I not sympathetic?

Why am I not sympathetic? Maybe because she's a Nasty individual herself... Bad Temper, Bad Attitude, Conceited and Always in a fistfight... Who comes to blows over a CAB? In NEW YORK? Nobody is a Saint, but don't be abusive to others and cry "It Happened To Me Too" and expect Sympathy.
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Say what you want about

Say what you want about Jessica but she is one hot sexxxiii bitch.
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Can't believe how ignorant

Can't believe how ignorant people are. Why would this girl make up a lie about being abused??? This society is so poisoned and full of hate. Stop surrounding yourselves with nay sayers and jealous vultures. Showing Compassion & Kindness is the best gift a person could have.
Anonymous's picture

people have lied ON RECORD

people have lied ON RECORD before about abuse, rape, being robbed, children, marriage just to name a few for their hearts desire . .15 minutes of fame, money, sex, pride, revenge to name a few. .ooops wait, was your question rhetorical ?
MasterMind's picture

The question (rhetorical or

The question (rhetorical or not) was why would THIS GIRL lie? Yes, people have lied about issues in the past, but you didn't answer the question regarding her. Unless you know her or her past, your ASSumption is irrelevant unless it's been proven otherwise. Comprehende?
Anonymous's picture

o.k. let's review I said

o.k. let's review I said "people" not "this girl" because I can not speak for her and am not saying she's lying or telling the truth. As I read the question the operative words were "WHY WOULD" which I believed I have satisfied. For me personally people are guilty until proven innocent ESPECIALLY Hollywood folk where I live and see the smoke and mirrors no scandal no ratings/book sales. I bet you believe the same thing but only for men. . . Anything a woman says can be trusted, but verify every word a man says. no? ryyyyh
MasterMind's picture

matermind, ur an idiot.

matermind, ur an idiot.
Anonymous's picture

I agree to the 100th power!

I agree to the 100th power! Also, people always want to turn a positive thread into a negative.
Anonymous's picture

STFU

STFU
Anonymous's picture

so what, your mom whooped

so what, your mom whooped your ass with an extension cord..that's not abuse..lol We need details..
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HA HA HA

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Anonymous's picture

Since more details are

Since more details are needed, you should've saved that ignorant comment until more information was given. Hitting a child with an extension cord is abuse. I certainly hope you don't have any children!
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Anonymous's picture

Everyone is entitled to their

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I find it hard to believe that anyone would make up abuse for "attention". I was never abused, but I am surprised at the amount of people around me at work and friends who were. I have a friend who one day just came out with it and I looked at her like she had 2 heads because I had known her for years and she never said anything. Then the floodgates opened and she told me of more abuse!! She said she kept it in because she did not think anyone would believer her. I guess she was right. I am not saying there isn't someone out there who would lie, but...............dunno this is a very sensitive matter and should be taken seriouisly IMO.
Anonymous's picture

I maybe a bit cynical..... no

I maybe a bit cynical..... no I'm very cynical, so I just don't believe all these people have been abused. It's like every week some new entertainer is coming out saying they were abused or molested as a youth. I'm sorry but it's just so many that sadly now I just roll my eyes at it. I know there is a lot of abuse in this country but I just don't believe every case. Sorry.....
JoJo's picture

Did you ever think that

Did you ever think that maybe, just maybe people feel more comfortable coming out with stories of abuse now more than ever? I'm sure there are plenty ways for people to get attention. The very reasons why abuse/rape victims never come out with their stories is that they believe people won't believe them OR that they will be blamed for said offense. Rape victims, and even abuse victims are asked, "What did you do to entice the abuser?" "What were you wearing to make that man rape you?" Thus, women who have been raped sometimes go to the grave with no one knowing. Whether you believe it or not is irrelevant because that's not going to change the facts, but you can at least give a person the benefit of a doubt. Just a thought.
Anonymous's picture

I agree. Me and my cynical

I agree. Me and my cynical way of thinking is probably the reason many victims don't come out and say anything. And I do feel bad for the ones that take their abuse to the grave b/c they fear they won't be beleived. Again sadly I just don't beleive every case of "abuse". I don't know Jessica personally, so I'm not saying whether her's is true or not, I was just saying that I don't beleive everyone.
JoJo's picture

No Doubt Many of Us have been

No Doubt Many of Us have been Abused and Continue to be Abused in some way, But I do NOT believe Anything Russell saids, and I am Skeptical about Jessica based on her reputation. The End!
Anonymous Too's picture

Who cares what you believe?

Who cares what you believe? Who the fluck are you? If you can't have a conversation without getting defensive, may I suggest you spend less time being skeptical, and more time growing up. THE END!
Anonymous's picture

Wow! What a biased statement!

Wow! What a biased statement! Her reputation? Russell Simmons is a liar? Based on what? Blogs such as this? Think about that for a minute. Go ahead, let it marinate. Ok, do you know these people personally? No! But it is obvious that you sit around and read blogs such as this while believing all that is negative and discrediting anything that is positive! You've been bamboozled, like seriously! Critics are so wack, yes YOU!
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Anonymous's picture

Wow! What a biased statement!

Wow! What a biased statement! Her reputation? Russell Simmons is a liar? Based on what? Blogs such as this? Think about that for a minute. Go ahead, let it marinate. Ok, do you know these people personally? No! But it is obvious that you sit around and read blogs such as this while believing all that is negative and discrediting anything that is positive! You've been bamboozled, like seriously! Critics are so wack, yes YOU!
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Is there anyone around who

Is there anyone around who HASN'T been abused? SMH...when I have kids I'm not letting them out of my sight!! Anywho-Jessica White is a fab chic but she can use a Big Mac.
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annymore's picture

I don't know if some of these

I don't know if some of these celebs have actually been abused or if their just making up stories for attention--I would hate to think that is the case when so many people go through abuse for real.
Renae's picture

you don't knoe if theyKve

you don't knoe if theyKve actually been abused, but even stating that you "don't know" proves that you don't belive what they've been through just because its a celebrity....you obviously don't understand how painfully common child abuse is, in any form. I'm glad Jessica White was given tis opportunity to reveal and heal....forget the non believers who doubt her story....people like you are the reason many choose to keep the abuse a secret.... PNB people never believe
Akasha's picture

Are you serious? This exactly

Are you serious? This exactly what I was referring to when YBF posted the criticism piece on Rihanna. If you want to promote awareness, do it the right way!!! Start and organization for the victims and help out! This black woman is doing something that is needed in this world today!
Anonymous's picture

Are you serious? This exactly

Are you serious? This exactly what I was referring to when YBF posted the criticism piece on Rihanna. If you want to promote awareness, do it the right way!!! Start and organization for the victims and help out! This black woman is doing something that is needed in this world today!
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Akasha, thank you so much for

Akasha, thank you so much for that! So true. So true.
Anonymous's picture

No... stating that you don't

No... stating that you don't know proves that you don't know. Just because one is skeptical doesn't mean they have foreclosed on the idea that the truth is being told. It just means they are don't know.
Anony's picture

But what would make you

But what would make you skepical of someone you don't know? I give people the benefit of a doubt unless they have shown me they cannot be trusted, but that's me. Everyone's different.
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*they don't know

*they don't know
Anony's picture

you don't knoe if theyKve

you don't knoe if theyKve actually been abused, but even stating that you "don't know" proves that you don't belive what they've been through just because its a celebrity....you obviously don't understand how painfully common child abuse is, in any form. I'm glad Jessica White was given tis opportunity to reveal and heal....forget the non believers who doubt her story....people like you are the reason many choose to keep the abuse a secret.... PNB people never believe
Akasha's picture

you don't knoe if theyKve

you don't knoe if theyKve actually been abused, but even stating that you "don't know" proves that you don't belive what they've been through just because its a celebrity....you obviously don't understand how painfully common child abuse is, in any form. I'm glad Jessica White was given tis opportunity to reveal and heal....forget the non believers who doubt her story....people like you are the reason many choose to keep the abuse a secret.... PNB people never believe
Akasha's picture

you don't knoe if theyKve

you don't knoe if theyKve actually been abused, but even stating that you "don't know" proves that you don't belive what they've been through just because its a celebrity....you obviously don't understand how painfully common child abuse is, in any form. I'm glad Jessica White was given tis opportunity to reveal and heal....forget the non believers who doubt her story....people like you are the reason many choose to keep the abuse a secret.... PNB people never believe
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