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Vanessa Williams on Her Sexual Abuse: It Made Me More Promiscuous

Vanessa Williams Says Her Molestation Made Her More 'Sexually Promiscuous'

Originally posted 07/16/2014 07:30PM

Vanessa Williams is sharing more details about the molestation she suffered at age 10 – and the impact it had on her growing up.

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Pope to Sex-Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

Pope Francis Apologizes to Sex-Abuse Victims During Private Mass

Originally posted 07/07/2014 11:45AM

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors – but a victim spokesman called the gathering nothing more than "a PR event."

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Doctor Who Murdered Wife Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Daughter

Doctor Who Murdered Wife Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Daughter

Originally posted 07/04/2014 05:50PM

Last November, former doctor Martin MacNeill was convicted of murdering his wife, Michelle MacNeill, in the bathtub of his Pleasant Grove, Utah, home.

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Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories | Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson

Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories

Originally posted 05/24/2014 09:35AM

A brilliant win on the dance floor. A sad story of abuse that led to an inspiring story of resilience. A hilarious anecdote from an Oscar winner about a mortifying moment at an afterparty.

It was ladies' week on PEOPLE.com, as Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson and Jennifer Lawrence got readers talking, for quite different reasons. Their stories were among the five that got the strongest reactions on the site this week.

Check them out below, along with two other stories that provoked, respectively, warmth and outrage. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

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Pamela Anderson Reveals She Was Raped at Age 12 | Pamela Anderson

UpdatePosted 05/18/2014 04:15PM

Pamela Anderson Opens Up About Her History of Sexual Abuse

Originally posted 05/18/2014 12:40PM

Pamela Anderson made a shocking – and heartbreaking – revelation on Friday: She is a victim of sexual abuse.

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

Originally posted 04/23/2014 05:30PM

The puppeteer who voiced Elmo for decades has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges.

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Scarlett Johansson Calls Woody Allen Allegations 'Irresponsible' and 'Guesswork'

Scarlett Johansson Calls Dylan Farrow's Open Letter 'Irresponsible', Her Allegations 'Guesswork'

Originally posted 03/17/2014 12:35PM

Scarlett Johansson is speaking about the Woody Allen scandal, calling Dylan Farrow's open letter slamming stars who have worked with the director "irresponsible."

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Dylan Farrow: 'I Won't Let the Truth Be Buried and Won't Be Silenced' | Dylan Farrow

Dylan Farrow on Woody Allen's Response: 'I Won't Let the Truth Be Buried and Won't Be Silenced'

Originally posted 02/08/2014 01:00PM

Woody Allen's op-ed piece may be his "final word" on the matter, but Dylan Farrow refuses to stay silent about claims that the director molested her as a child.

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Dylan Farrow Speaks Out About Her Woody Allen Allegations – and the Backlash | Dylan Farrow

Dylan Farrow Speaks Out About Her Woody Allen Allegations – and the Backlash

Originally posted 02/06/2014 04:30PM

It was a letter she wished she never had to write, about something she says she wished had never happened.

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Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow: Open Letter Details Sexual Abuse by Woody Allen

Originally posted 02/01/2014 06:00PM

There was a lot of debate earlier this month after Woody Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

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