Perez, 50, said she’s doing well now after getting treated for clinical depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Examiner reported.
In her memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, the award-winning Puerto Rican actress and dancer revealed she sexually abused by her half-brother when she was a child.
Rosie’s mom, who was mentally ill, didn’t believe her, and hit and punished Perez for lying about the sexual abuse.
Rosie, who didn’t live with her impoverished parents, was raised in a strict Catholic home for girls where nuns often beat the children as a means to discipline them, Perez recounted in her memoir.
Perez, who earned an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for her role in Fearless, is best known for her role in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and for starring opposite Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in White Men Can’t Jump.
Rosie said she feels better than ever these days after overcoming clinical depression and PTSD with therapy. Perez hopes speaking out will encourage others to get the help they need.
“I’ve heard racist remarks that refer to getting psychotherapy help as ‘being white,'” said Perez. “We [Latinos] are selling ourselves short. Like my therapist said, ‘If you’re diabetic, you take insulin.’ Therapy is not a ‘white thing.’ It’s a clinical thing.”
Rosie revealed how she overcame poverty, depression and low self-esteem to become an award-winning actress, dancer and choreographer in her book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.