Madonna Talks Being Raped at 19, Tells Howard Stern Why She Never Reported the Crime

Madonna spoke to Howard Stern about the horrific rape she endured at a
Madonna spoke to Howard Stern about the horrific rape she endured at age 19 Kevin Mazur

Madonna might not seem like a woman who could be easily silenced — but when she was raped at the age of 19, that's exactly what happened.

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The Material Girl, who first spoke about the harrowing incident during an interview with Harper's Bazaar in 2013, returned to the topic of her shocking rape during an interview on SiriusXM's Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, March 11.

She explained she had just moved to New York City from the Midwest when the incident occured, and was a trusting and naive 19-year-old.

"I was in shock, I didn't know a soul," she told Stern about her initial foray into New York life. "I was saying, 'Hi' to people on the street like a dork," she continued.

She went on to explain how her apartment kept getting robbed, and she was losing all her possessions, but somehow she still maintained her trusting nature — something which sadly got her into a very bad situation.

"I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the pay phone," she explained. "[This guy] gave it to me, he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody," she went on, before explaining that the man in question persuaded her to make the phone call from his home, across the street. When she went with him, he raped her.

Stern then asked the 56-year-old whether she had reported the crime. Madonna replied that she had not.

"You've already been violated," she explained. "It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation."

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