During the interview Wednesday, "The Nanny" actress detailed her experience — which she'd previously written about in her 1996 autobiography, "Enter Whining."
Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson discussed the rape as well as Drescher's life-changing cancer diagnosis during the interview with the Australian talk show.
About Drescher's experience, Jacobson — who was present for the rape of his former wife — said, “The whole rape experience was so surreal, because people who talk about having guns in the house and things like that — it would not have helped. It could have been used against us. There’s no time, unless you’re going to walk around with a gun pointed 24 hours a day.”
Jacobson recalled that the two were having dinner with friends at home when assailants sieged the home and broke down the couple's front door.
Jacobson, restrained by the intruders, was forced to watch one of the men pillage the couple's home while the other raped Drescher and another female friend at gunpoint.
Drescher's rapist was convicted and sentenced to two life sentences in prison.
“You try to live, you try to get through it alive,” Jacobson said. “The police said: ‘Whatever you did, you did right, because you’re alive.’”
Referring to her book, Drescher said that the chapter containing her rape story resonated with many women.
“There were women that asked me to sign that particular chapter,” said Drescher, now 59. “I thought if people could see where I went from that low point to where I am now, maybe it’ll help and inspire other women, and men for that matter, who have been sexually assaulted to move on — to feel your pain, and then try and pick up the pieces and put yourself back together.
“You’ll never be the same, but whatever that is, then forge forward with that and turn your pain into purpose, which is what I always do,” she said.
Drescher claimed that 10 years after the rape, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, which took “two years and eight doctors” to confirm.
Claiming that she feels the pain of the rape — a pain she said she didn't fully "deal with" — contributed to her cancer diagnosis, Drescher said that her emotional pain broke her body down and created the disease.
“That, I think, is a poetic correlation, because I really didn’t deal with my pain for many, many, many years with the rape,” she said. “So when you don’t do that ... I mean, I ended up with a gynecological cancer. So it kind of ends up being very poetic in where the body decides to break down and create disease.
“It’s been a colossal learning experience,” Drescher added. “I’m not glad I had cancer, and I don’t wish it on anyone, but I am better for it. Sometimes the best gifts come in the ugliest packages.”
Drescher, who formed an organization called "Cancer Schmancer," revealed, despite her rape and cancer diagnosis, that she's trying to "live joyfully."
“I’m not always perfect at it,” Drescher said. “But I catch myself and I look around and I try and look at even the most mundane things that I see every day with the most wide-eyed wonder of a child to recalibrate, and be grateful.”