*TRIGGER WARNING - This story discusses sexual abuse, family violence and eating disorders. If any of these conversations are triggering please contact 13 11 14.*
iCarly Actress Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Her Mum's Abuse
For five years Jennette McCurdy starred in the hit Nickelodeon series iCarly.
However, it was during this time Jennette was also being sexually abused by her mother.
The former iCarly star recently opened up about the years of abuse she experienced growing up.
She says her mother, Debbie, insisted on performing vaginal and breast exams.
And until the age of seventeen Debbie insisted she always shower with her daughter.
Jennette says her mother was obsessed with making her daughter famous.
"My mom had always dreamt of being a famous actor and she became obsessed with making me a star," she says, "I felt like my job was to keep the peace and I wanted to make my mom happy."
By the time Jennette was eleven she was forced to count calories everyday which led to her developing numerous eating disorders.
"I know if my mom were alive, I'd still have an eating disorder," she says (her mother died from cancer in 2013), "it was only distance from her that allowed me to get healthy."
Jennette now has a successful one-woman dark comedy show called, "I'm Glad My Mom Died."
The show looks explores the physical and emotional abuse she endured at the hands of her mother.
"It's thought provoking," she says, "even though it may seem black and white, there's a fullness to my narrative; life can be dark and messy - nobody has a perfect life."
Viola Davis is Releasing a Memoir
Award winning actress and philanthropist Viola Davis is FINALLY!!!!!! releasing a memoir.
You may recognise Viola from the hit TV series How to Get Away with Murder and films such as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, The Help and The Suicide Squad.
Viola is a triple acting threat - she's been the recipient of an Academy Award, Golden Globe AND two Tony Awards.
The upcoming autobiography is set to explore Viola's experience growing up in poverty and her rise to stardom in Hollywood.
"I believe that our stories, and the courage to share them, is the most powerful empathetic tool we have," she says, "this is my story ... straight no chaser."
The highly anticipated memoir 'Finding Me' is set to be released on the 26th of April 2022.
Photo of Syrian Refugees Wins Photo of Year
Every year thousands of photographers enter the prestigious Siena International Photo Awards.
The competition has the highest international participation worldwide - last year nearly 48,000 images were entered at the photo awards.
Turkish photographer Mehmet Aslan won 'Best Photo of the Year' for his beautiful photo of two Syrian refugees.
The photo features Syrian father Munzir al-Nazzal and his 5-year-old son Mustafa.
The photo, named "Hardship of Life," showcases the realities of war in Syria.
Mustafa was born without limbs due to a congenital disorder known as Tetra-amelia syndrome.
Reports indicate this was caused by medications his mother Zeynep had to take after suffering from a nerve gas attack during the war.
Mustafa's father, Munzir, lost his leg after being hit with a bomb while walking through a bazaar in Idlib, Syria.
He is one of the thousands of Syrians living with permanent injuries caused by the country's war.