Gloria Estefan says she was abused aged nine by relative

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The musician talks about the abuse he faced as a child

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Gloria Estefan has said that she was sexually abused as a child by a family member when she was just nine years old.

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The Cuban-American musician, 64, alleges that it happened when she was nine years old and attending a music school run by a family member her mother trusted.

In an episode of the Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk: The Estefanus, the three-time Grammy Award-winning musician said: “They were family, but not close family.”

She continued: “He was in a position of power because my mom put me in her music school and he immediately started telling her how talented I was and needed special attention, and she felt lucky. That he was kind of focused on me.”

Gloria Estefan performs live – Credits: Getty

Estefan described how the abuse “started little by little and then it escalated rapidly”, adding that she was unable to escape the “dangerous” situation.

He continued: “I told him, ‘It can’t happen, you can’t do it.’ He goes: ‘Your father is in Vietnam, your mother is alone and I will kill her if you tell her.’ I knew the man was crazy and so I thought he might have actually hurt my mom.”

After experiencing anxiety and losing her hair as a result of trauma, Estefan eventually told his mother about the abuse.

When her mother informed the police, she was advised not to make charges because her daughter would “go through even worse trauma to stand on a stand and testify.”

Estefan continued: “93 percent of abused children know and trust their abusers. And I know this because I was one of them.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual assault, assault and rape in the UK, visit Rape Crisis Charity Website. In America, travel rain.

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