28/07/2017 5:52 PM IST | Updated 28/07/2017 7:24 PM IST

Akshay Kumar Opened Up About Being Abused As A Child

A few months ago, Sonam Kapoor had spoken about being molested when she was younger.

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While there's still a fair amount of stigma attached to victims of sexual abuse, that regressive perception is slowly changing as more and more influential figures come out to publicly share their experience.

A few months ago, Sonam Kapoor spoke about being molested as a child and now, Akshay Kumar opened up about the traumatic incident he faced during his childhood.

Now, speaking at a seminar on women's safety on Thursday evening, the actor recounted a personal experience that had a lasting impact on him. He said that he was inappropriately touched on his butt by a lift-man, an incident that still makes it difficult for him to say the word 'bum.'

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Kumar said, "When I was 6, I was on my way to a neighbour's house when the lift man touched my butt. I was really agitated and told my father about it. He filed a police complaint. Investigations revealed that the lift-man was a history-sheeter. The cops took action and the man was arrested. I was a shy kid and was relieved that I could speak about this to my parents."

The actor added that as a society, we must encourage women and children to speak up and tell their families if they encounter anything strange so that they can be protected and empowered.

"Even today, I find it difficult to say the word `bum,'" he said.

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