Tisha Campbell-Martin is opening up even more about her past traumatic experience, discussing the surprising ways that her childhood molestation came back to haunt her.
Martin first opened up about being a victim of sexual assault at a young age during an August interview with The Daily Helpline.
“This is the first time that I’ve admitted this on-camera in front of millions of people. When I was three I was raped… by an older person,” Campbell-Martin asked. “I knew as a child that I did nothing wrong, and that this wasn’t my fault. I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might have had.”
In a new interview with MadameNoire, Martin explained that her childhood molestation even affected things like breastfeeding her children. “I knew that I didn’t do anything wrong, but it would affect me in a different way that maybe I didn’t really discuss on The Daily Helpline. It would affect me with breastfeeding my children. I didn’t want to with the first one because I felt like I was going to hurt him. You know, that kind of thing. It’s surprising how things kind of pop up out of nowhere.
“I didn’t know why I felt uncomfortable doing that. I didn’t want to do it, and I felt like it was a lot of pressure for me to do it. Finally, the pediatrician was like, ‘Can you just stop trying? Because the baby can see your angst.’ So I took the pressure off of myself, and it was easier to do it with my second child because I knew what it was then.”
But, Martin later discussed how she was able ultimately persevere. “I’m never the kind of person who allows things to victimize me, so I figure out what my problem is, and I work on it,” she said.