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John Stamos says he was sexually assaulted as a child: ‘I shouldn’t have had to deal with those feelings’

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John Stamos revealed in a new interview Wednesday that he is a survivor of sexual abuse.

Speaking to People, Stamos expanded on an excerpt from his upcoming memoir “If You Told Me,” in which he reflects on the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a babysitter.

“It was like if you play dead then they’ll stop.” But it wasn’t totally aggressive,” he said, adding: “I don’t know, it wasn’t good.”

Stamos said he was 10 or 11 years old when the abuse took place and at the time he kept the incident to himself.

“I shouldn’t have had to deal with those feelings,” he said.

Although Stamos remembered the incident “faintly” over time, he said, he later admitted that “it was always there, but I put it away like people do, don’t is this not ?

He told the outlet that it took him “to write a book” to realize that misconduct had taken place.

When contacted by CNN, a representative for Stamos confirmed the story.

The “Full House” actor, 60, is now a protective father to his 5-year-old son Billy, whom he shares with wife Caitlin McHugh.

“If I found out someone was doing this to my son, that’s a whole different story,” he said.

Stamos is a strong advocate for protecting children from abuse and has been an ambassador for ChildHelp for over 20 years. The organization helps victims of child abuse through education, treatment and prevention programs.

According to an official synopsis, Stamos’ memoir is described as a “universal story about friendship, love, loss, and the courage to embrace love again.”

Stamos said he wanted to be “one hundred percent open” in the book.

“If you would have told me” will be released on October 24.

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