Tiffany Haddish reveals she was raped at 17 by a police cadet

Tiffany Haddish‘s teenage years turned her into someone who would always be on the defense.

The actress revealed in her Glamour cover story that she was raped when she was 17 years old by a police cadet.

Haddish, who co-stars in “The Last O.G.,” said she reported the incident at the time but doesn’t know if that was enough. “That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time,” she said, “and I ended up going to counseling.”

Tiffany Haddish Glamour cover

Tiffany Haddish appears on the cover of Glamour's September 2018 issue.  (Billy Kidd exclusively for Glamour)

“Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan,” Haddish shared. “I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do — just keep talking? Or is there action behind it?”

As a result, Haddish said, she maintains a defensive front in order to protect herself from unwanted advances from men.

“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive,” she explained. “You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.