Vanessa Williams Reveals She Had Abortion in High School

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When Vanessa Williams' book You Have No Idea is aptly titled.

The candid memoir, penned with her mother and available in stores now, reveals shocking secrets about the Desperate Housewives star's earlier years.

Probably the darkest one is that she was molested by an 18-year-old girl when she was just 10 years old, while they were on a family trip with friends.

"It was definitely a choice, because it didn't need to be [in the book]," Williams recalls. "It happened one night where she told me, 'come over here.'"

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"I didn't know that it was wrong, but I knew it wasn't right because I wasn't supposed to tell anybody." Years later, her mother was stunned to find out.

"[I] had no idea that, that had happened," Helen Williams said. "But in retrospect, it put into place some of her reactions during her pre-teen years."

Another surprising admission? Vanessa Williams, now a mother of four, said she first got pregnant in high school, but she decided to have an abortion.

This was another secret she kept from her mother.

"Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life," said the former Miss America of her decision to end the pregnancy. "I knew in high school that's something that I was not prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with."

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GOOD FOR VANESSA. ONE LESS UNWANTED, UNLOVED, INHABITANT, OF AN OVERCROWED COUNTRY. AND ONE LESS, WELFARE TEENAGE RECIPIENT.

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Twenty eight years ago when Vanessa became Miss America, it was indeed a proud moment because (as a woman of color)she was the first to be Named. After losing her crown because of the photo scandal,she had to relinquish her title to Suzette Charles who was also African American (where is she Now)? Over the years VW proved herself to be a Broadway actress and a singing sensation. After marrying and having 4 children, and continued success, Vanessa had the right to include anything that she wanted to in her memoir, but do we have to know everything. We all have secrets, but there are some secrets that Never Need to be revealed especially if your mother is going to be reading about the part of your life that she Never knew about. The end of the Vanessa Lynn Williams mystique!!