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Jeannie Mai Opens Up About Being Sexually Abused By A Family Member

*Trigger Warning* Story details explicit sexual abuse.

Jeannie Mai is opening up about a traumatic experience from her childhood that caused her to stop speaking to her mom for over 10 years. In a recent Youtube clip, Jeannie says around the age of 9 her mom took on a second job, leaving her in the care of her abuser.

“We needed to find a babysitter, so we called upon a family member. He came over every single day and stayed with me after school.”

She does not name her abuser,  but Jeannie says he was “16 or 17” and became an “iconic person” in her life who she looked up to at the time. Her mom also thought he was a well-behaved teenager and was being helpful at the time.

“I just remember one day this person sitting very close to me, we were playing video games, and he started to touch my thigh. I was also just stunned because I had never been intimately touched like that so I couldn’t tell if it was wrong, I just knew I was noticing it.”

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