Famed TV doctor Nancy Snyderman revealed a painful piece of her personal history—she was raped.
Dr. Snyderman said, "I was attacked in 1970 as a college girl. I did everything wrong. I didn't come forward, I waited too long, and by the time I would have come forward a prosecutor would have skewered me with questions."
Snyderman was a sophomore at Indiana University when she says she was raped by a man who held a knife to her throat. She didn't tell anyone for two years.
The shocking story from NBC's Chief Medical Editor came on the Today show Tuesday during a segment on anchorman Greg Kelly, the local Fox newsman who's being investigated for rape.
Kelly is the son of New York City's nationally prominent Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. His unidentified accuser's account has been met with skepticism because she waited three months to come forward. She also reportedly exchanged flirtatious text messages with Greg Kelly before and after the alleged attack. Kelly says he will be exonerated.
Snyderman said, "I have great sensitivity for young women who are raped. But if you are an adult and you want to take the shame off of rape, one of the bravest things you can do as a woman is to come forward and say, 'I accuse you and I'm going to do it publicly,' because right now he's not working and his face is in the paper and it bothers me to some extent."
Snyderman's heartfelt words led Matt Lauer to praise her courage in speaking out.
"I thank you for putting your personal perspective on that, Nancy, I appreciate that," said Lauer.