‘Real Housewife of Potomac’ Karen Huger opens up about surviving sexual assault.
Karen Huger from the ‘RHOP’ talks about being date raped at the age of 19..
From Page Six:
“I was raped almost 35 years ago,” Huger revealed to Page Six, and she is now fighting against what she calls an “alarming” suicide rate among sexual assault victims.
“The fact that I survived is part of my reality and I’m hoping that message resonates with the viewers,” she said.
In what she describes as “a typical date that went totally off the rails,” the mom of two, now 54, isn’t hiding what happened to her, she’s vocalizing it on national television — with a purpose.
“I am put in a very wonderful position to show that when adversity comes your way it doesn’t stop you, it can propel you,” she said of her platform as a Bravo fixture. “It is my responsibility to be real. I have no shame and I carry no burden because of what happened.”
However, the name of her attacker is something she chooses not to disclose.
“I will never reveal his name, he has passed on,” she explained. “[But] I can say he was a public figure.”
“If he were alive today it might be a different story,” she said. “I’d like to have it out with him. But I forgave him a long time ago, that is why I lead I life I do today, forgiveness is a part of it.”