Cody Simpson’s Dad Opens Up About Own Childhood Sexual Abuse

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The amount of sexual abuse stories coming out in the media is jarring. It’s as if the Harvey Weinstein scandal has caused a ripple effect, allowing people to tell their personal tales of surviving assault. Celebrities such as Bella Thorne, Jennifer Lawrence and Lucy Hale all fell victim to such crimes, but they’re using their voices to contribute to Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement.

It’s not only women who suffer, either — Brad Simpson, father of musician Cody Simpson and radio host Alli Simpson, suffered at the hands of a predator when he was a child.

In a candid interview with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a non-profit anti-sexual abuse organization, the Australian native details how a private sports trainer sexually abused him from the age of nine to his mid-teens.

Brad recalls his coach saying:

“‘Touching sexual parts is what all champion athletes do. It’s how you get in touch with your core energy — that core animal instinct that makes you a great athlete.'”

Sadly, because he was groomed and brainwashed by this older man, whom he trusted, he went back to the sports trainer when he was 18 to help him leading up to the Olympic selection trials. And the abuse continued.

“It was already bad enough, but once I’d done that, I could never tell anyone about it because it was so embarrassing. I realized it was wrong; I was asking for it. I had that guilt and shoved it away forever.”

So, Brad suffered in silence, not telling anyone about the abuse for the next 35 years!

“It was scary; I was afraid of judgment most of all. I had feelings of guilt, and I struggled with self-esteem and trying to hide my story.”

Four years ago, though, he finally opened up about the sordid details to his wife, Angie Simpson. And Cody and Alli’s mother was incredibly supportive; she even posted Brad’s story on her Instagram page, saying:

“For 35 years Brad kept the abuse he faced as a child and teen a secret from his family and friends. Now a member or @rainn’s speakers bureau, he is working to prevent child sex abuse and help others find hope. To read Brad’s emotional story click the link in my bio ?? #proudfamily #strengthinwords @_bradsimpson @soulsomeness”

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For more of Brad’s story, visit RAINN.org.