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The Circle of Abuse

Posted in Awareness, North America, Our Health with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique apologizes to sister for molestation. Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as an abusive mother in the film “Precious: Based on the Novel Push, by Sapphire.” She said she was able to draw from her childhood experience of abuse to play the role. She compared the “monster” she played to the “monster” her oldest brother was while abusing her.

Gerald Imes, Mo’Nique’s brother, told Oprah the sexual abuse happened over a period of two years, mostly while he believed Mo’Nique was sleeping. Imes also said,

“I started using cocaine, heroin, [sic] alcohol at the age of 11. I used these drugs to hide my own pain, to hide my own fears . . . The drugs allowed me and afforded me the opportunity to hurt my sister.”

Imes said he had been sexually abused and he tried to hide the shame he felt. He took it out on his sister and later another girl. He served 12 years for that molestation. He hopes by coming forth now that somewhere in the future he and Mo’Nique can come together as siblings.

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