Christine McGuinness breaks down as she reveals she was raped as a teenager and abused as a child in new Unmasking My Autism documentary
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Christine McGuinness has revealed in her autism documentary that she ‘didn’t want to live’ after horrifying ordeals as a child.
The reality star, 34, was sexually abused from the age of nine to 11 and raped when she was a teenager.
And Christine has told how the trauma left her feeling suicidal and she would pray every night to not ‘wake up in the morning’.
Christine, who diagnosed with autism at the age of 33, highlights in her new documentary Unmasking My Autism how the disorder can make individuals more vulnerable to sexual abuse.
She said while breaking down in tears on the show: ‘My relationships before I met Patrick were not very good, I’d say they were all pretty bad experiences.’
Tough: Christine McGuinness has revealed in her autism documentary that she ‘didn’t want to live’ after horrifying sexual abuse ordeals as a child
Horrific: The reality star, 34, was sexually abused from the age of nine to 11 and raped when she was a teenager
‘I don’t know how to say it? And before Patrick, I had been sexually abused. I was raped.
‘I used to pray and it’s sad now when I think about it, I’d pray every night that I didn’t wake up in the morning.
‘I didn’t want to live. Just because it was so awful. It was so awful.
She continued: ‘The abuse I suffered started when I was only nine-years-old and I wonder how many things in life could have been avoided if I had an earlier diagnosis and more support at school.’
One 2022 study, an online survey that spoke to 225 people, suggests nearly nine in 10 autistic women have been victims of ‘sexual violence’, reports the BBC.
Clinical director at the National Autistic Society, Dr Sarah Lister Book says a large number of autistic women and girls report experiences of sexual assault – whether that be coercive, physical or sexual abuse.
‘This is a serious and deeply concerning issue’, Dr Brook adds.
Christine wants to see better education for autistic girls – especially when it comes to understanding consent.
Horrible: And Christine has told how the trauma left her feeling suicidal and she would pray every night to not ‘wake up in the morning’
Honest: She said while breaking down in tears on the show: ‘My relationships before I met Patrick were not very good, I’d say they were all pretty bad experiences’ (pictured with Paddy in 2019)
‘They need to make sure that they fully understand what consent is, autistic girls typically do want to fit and people please and do give into peer pressure a lot more than a neurotypical girl,’ she told OK!.
‘It’s something that petrifies me as a mum of two young girls and a boy. It’s scary. The more people who know this could be an issue for them the better they might be looked after. It shouldn’t happen to anybody.’
Christine’s three children; twins Penelope and Leo, age nine, and Felicity, seven, whom she shares with estranged husband Paddy, also have autism.
Rosie Creer, the clinical director of Respond, an abuse support charity for autistic people and people with learning disabilities, says one of the reasons autistic women can be at risk of sexual abuse as they are left out of friendship groups growing up.
Others issues are difficulties with communicating, feeling the need to please and the lack of education about consent.
Raising awareness: Christine’s three children; twins Penelope and Leo, age nine, and Felicity, seven, whom she shares with estranged husband Paddy, also have autism
‘There have been times in my life where I desperately wanted a friend’, Christine said.
Christine said while it is ‘frightening’ to hear how autistic women and girls are vulnerable to sexual abuse, it is a ‘very important’ topic to raise awareness about.
‘For parents and carers to be more aware is a positive thing. I don’t want it to scare or upset anybody, I just want people to be more aware that this is quite common, unfortunately,’ she said.
Watch Christine McGuinness: Unmasking My Autism on BBC iPlayer now.
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have trouble with social, emotional and communication skills that usually develop before the age of three and last throughout a person’s life.
Specific signs of autism include:
- Reactions to smell, taste, look, feel or sound are unusual
- Difficulty adapting to changes in routine
- Unable to repeat or echo what is said to them
- Difficulty expressing desires using words or motions
- Unable to discuss their own feelings or other people’s
- Difficulty with acts of affection like hugging
- Prefer to be alone and avoid eye contact
- Difficulty relating to other people
- Unable to point at objects or look at objects when others point to them
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