Junot Díaz reveals he was raped as a child in New Yorker essay

The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao addressed his essay to an unnamed reader who asked him at a signing if he had been sexually abused

The Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz has revealed in an essay in the New Yorker that he was raped by “a grownup that [he] truly trusted” when he was eight years old.

The Dominican American author, who has explored the subject of sexual abuse in his fiction, has not previously spoken publicly about his own experience. But in an essay titled The Silence, Díaz addresses a reader who approached him years earlier at a book signing and asked if he had been sexually abused himself. At the time, Díaz did not reply.

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