Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tyler Perry opens up about his suicide attempt

On top of his father's beatings, Perry says he was sexually abused by four different adults, beginning when he was five or six. On one occasion, he was building a birdhouse with an adult male neighbor who proceeded to put his hands in Tyler's pants. "I felt my body betraying me," he says, "because I felt an erection at that age."

Later, Tyler said he was sexually molested by a male nurse and a man he knew from church. The man from church "used God and the Bible against me to justify a lot of the things that were going on. It was so horrible," he said. "And that was my first sexual experience – with this man performing oral sex on me as a boy."

When it all became unbearable, Perry says he slit his wrists and tried to commit suicide. "I thought, 'What is the point of living?'" he says.
Director, Tyler Perry shares the pain of childhood sexual abuse.