Traci Lords has revealed that she was raped as a child growing up in Steubenville, Ohio.
The 44-year-old actress and singer was just 10 years old at the time and has spoken out now in reaction to the current Ohio rape case which has thrust her hometown onto the national stage.
Speaking on Piers Morgan Tonight she revealed: ‘I was born in Steubenville, Ohio and I was raped in there. So was my mother. I think there’s a sickness in that city.’
Lords went onto admit that she was initially reluctant to respond to fans’ tweets asking her to comment on the rape case in which two high school players stand accused of sexually assaulting a drunk16-year-old girl.
She said: ‘People come after you and the last thing I wanted was the, “Look at this slut talking about that slut thing.”
‘But I just couldn’t stay silent.’
Watching the trial of Trent Mays, 16, and Ma’lik Richmond, 17, had, she said ‘affected her so deeply’ and brought the experiences of her childhood back to her in vivid detail.
Her attacker was 14 years old.
In response to the anger she said she felt at the images of the 16-year-old being ‘carried like a pig’ Lords has written a song called, ‘Stupidville.’
She added: ‘It’s what all the locals in Steubenville Ohio used to call Steubenville.’
She characterized her hometown – a city that proudly boasts of her as its daughter along with its other musical claim to fame, Dean Martin – as a place where there is, ‘a lot of alcohol and a lack of regard for young women.’
Asked by Morgan if young men are brought up to be disrespectful to young women in the Ohio town Lord responded simply. ‘I think so, yes. I do think so.’