Jill Blackstone was sexually abused by a coach starting when she was just 13.
After watching our coverage on recent scandals in the news, Blackstone wanted to talk to Dr. Drew in hopes that she could help other victims.
“When the Penn State thing happened, it rocked something in me,” Blackstone said.. “It was just like what happened to me. I found myself watching a few days and I was shaking with rage as I am now. I couldn't control my emotions. And I knew that I felt powerless. I needed a voice.”
Blackstone explained to Dr. Drew what had happened to her.
“I was very youthful looking, not in puberty yet – very tomboyish,” she said. “It was a tennis coach. I was a high level tennis player. Often I would go to the tennis courts and adults would play with me, which was great. This one particular man often volunteered to play with me ... he groomed me. He became my friend. And after playing four or five hours of tennis a day which I would do on a weekend, it was, ‘hey, kid, want a milk shake? I'll take you.’ ‘Sure.’ Then I was in the car with him and after awhile, it was, ‘does anybody realize how special you are. You are so different from the other kids.'”
Blackstone then told Dr. Drew what happened with the situation shortly thereafter.
“He told me he loved me, and I was stunned and I didn't answer and he walked away enraged,” she explained. “I was afraid to lose this great friendship we had, so a couple days later, I said ‘hey, I should have told you, I love you, too.’ I didn't even know what that meant. ‘Well, now we're in love.’ Now, I started sneaking around and it became physical and I hid it. I can tell you there was not a second of the physical aspect of a relationship that didn't make me ill – that I didn't hate, but I also thought this is the price you pay for love."
Hear Dr. Drew's response in then video clip above and be sure to catch the show weeknights at 9 p.m. ET on HLN.
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