“An older girl started sitting next to me. She seemed sweet at first. She’d come sit beside me, like a motherly figure almost. I remember her being sweet and taking care of me. I liked to sit in the back so she’d come sit with me,” Jep writes in the tell-all book which was co-written by his wife, Jessica Robertson.
“After a while the girl started doing strange things. She’d take my hands and push them up under her shirt and tell me I was tickling her,” the star confessed. “Then she started making me pull down my pants. It was awkward. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew something wasn’t right.”
These horrifying details about Jep’s sexual abuse are revealed for the first time in the book, which will be released on June 23. During an interview promoting the tell-all, Jep further explained the truly disturbing memory of being abused by a complete stranger on his way to school.
“Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was this girl there that was just real mean…I don’t know, but it was a lot of things took place—scary stuff. It was tough,” Jep told Entertainment Tonight. He also explained that at the time he was scared to tell his parents because he didn’t want them to think that they had done anything wrong. How sad.
Jep Was Too ‘Embarrassed’ To Tell His Parents
“I don’t know if I necessarily consciously wanted to [keep it a secret],” he explained during the interview. “I was more embarrassed. I think in the end I didn’t want my mom and dad to think they did anything wrong, and they didn’t. It was just one of those things that happened, and I think it took me a long time to realize what had happened and how it affected me.”
It must have been such a relief for Jep to finally open about this terrifying incident that happened to him when he was just an innocent little boy. Thankfully, he has his wonderful wife Jessica — as well as the rest of the Robertson clan — to support him during this difficult time.
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— Lauren Cox