Jennette McCurdy Talked About The "Intense" Abuse From Her Mom, Who Would Perform Breast Exams On Her And Not Let Her Shower Alone

You probably know Jenette McCurdy - she played the fan favorite Sam on the hit show iCarly.
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Warning: This post is about eating disorders and parent abuse.
Well, last week Jenette McCurdy spoke to People about her one-woman theater production I'm Glad My Mom Died - a track she knows is "thought-provoking."
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"My earliest childhood memories were heaviness and chaos," said Jenette.
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"My mother's emotions were so erratic it felt like walking a tightrope every day. The mood swings were daily."
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"My mother had always dreamed of becoming a famous actor and was obsessed with making me a star," Jeanette continued.
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And although Jenette admitted that she was "cripplingly shy" as a child, she said, "I felt like my job was to keep the peace. And I wanted to make my mother happy."
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Jenette went on to tell People that when she was 11, her mother taught her how to count calories, bleached her hair, and whitened her teeth.
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When Jenette got the role of Sam in iCarly, which debuted in 2007, she suffered from anorexia "which later turned into binge eating and then bulimia," People says.
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"I know if my mother were still alive I would still have an eating disorder," said Jenette. "Only the distance to her made it possible for me to get well."
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Three years after her role as Sam, aged 17, Jenette said her mother was doing vaginal and breast exams and forbidding her from showering alone.
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After her mother died of cancer in 2013, Jenette began the healing process and took part in "intensive therapy".
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"Without my mother, I didn't know how to find my identity," she says. “And I'm not going to lie - it was very difficult to get here. But now I'm at a point in my life that I never thought possible. And I finally feel free. "
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You can read all the quotes from Jenette's interview with People here.
The National Eating Disorders Association's helpline is 1-800-931-2237; for 24/7 crisis support, write “NEDA” to 741741.
If you or someone you know is being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Find more resources, information, and support here.
If you or someone you know survived sexual assault, resources are available. RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline is 800.656.HOPE, or you can chat online with trained professionals here.

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