This week’s issue of People includes a short profile of actress and controversial political commentator Stacey Dash. In it, she discusses how her life changed after publicly expressing her support for 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, her upcoming memoir There Goes My Social Life (out June 6), and some revealing stories about her history of sexual abuse.

She was first molested at age 4 “by a 16-year-old acquaintance.” “Later,” People continues, “she began dating a man who beat her on a regular basis.” And soon after the birth of her son Austin in 1991 (she was 28 when Clueless was released in 1995), she went through this horrifying ordeal:

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Dash’s abusive ex-boyfriend began stalking her, eventually breaking into her home and raping her as Austin lay sleeping in he same room. “When we had been together, I was so starving for love that I held on. I got my ass beat for those moments of love,” Dash says. “But when a child comes, a man holds a gun to your head and you think, ‘My son is in that crib right there. No, you are not going to do this to my child.’” She finally scared off her man for good when he came after her again. That time she had a gun and fired several shots his way but missed. (No charges resulted from the incident.) “My goal was to kill him. He was not going to bring that into my son’s world.”

Dash goes on to say that because a gun saved her life, she “won’t let” her Second Amendment right be taken from her. “I’m not a victim,” she says, echoing comments she made recently about an alleged harasser. “I’ve overcome.”


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