Raped at 16, Padma Lakshmi explains what kept her silent for 32 years

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American model and author Padma Lakshmi has revealed after almost 32 years that she was raped when she was 16. In an opinion piece in the New York Times, the American TV anchor penned down the reasons that made her remain silent about it for so long.

It was in a suburb of Los Angeles that she had just started dating a “charming and handsome” 23-year-old man. According to Padma Lakshmi, she was raped by him just few months after they started dating, on a New Year’s Eve.

What compelled Padma Lakshmi to come out of the closet was recent accusations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In the writeup in the New York Times, the American model, who is the former wife of noted author Salman Rushdie, says she understands why the women – Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez – talked about their experience so late.

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