Common is using his story about being molested as a child to help other victims.
The Chicago native is 47 years old and for the first time he is opening up about one of the most painful experiences in his life. The Grammy award winning rapper, actor and activist was molested by a family friend around the age of 9.
Common says it wasn't until 2 years ago when he actually remembered the horrifying experience. He was preparing for his role in The Tale when he started to receive flashbacks. It all happened when he, his family, and a family friend were on a trip in Cleveland.
The "Glory" singer recalls having to share a bed with the family friend, what happened in that bed, saying "no" several times, trying to make the attack stop and feeling shameful after it was over. Common believes that he buried the memories of the experience until 2 years ago in order to cope.
Common is now using that tragedy to help others. He has released a book called Let Love Have the Last Word.
While he hasn't seen his accused molester in over 25 years and is working through the situation with his therapist, Common has forgiven the family friend. He says, "I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence. This is love in action and I intend to practice it."
You can purchase Let Love Have the Last Word anywhere books are sold or on Amazon.