The Good Morning Britain presenter, 44, became emotional as she revealed she had only ever told two people in her life and had a 'tug of war' with herself if she wanted to go public with the harrowing ordeal.
Appearing on the show on Tuesday, Ranvir said she felt compelled to talk about her assault when trying to comfort survivor Lisa Phillips, now 45, who is one of the many underage girls targeted by the late Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Emotional: Ranvir Singh fought back tears as she spoke about the reason why she decided to speak out about being sexually assaulted aged 12 in an ITV documentary
Speaking to Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, Ranvir said her revelation 'came as a complete surprise to me actually, which I suppose speaks to some of the issues around the Ghislaine trial, about memory around incidents that happen in your life of that nature'.
The presenter went on to describe how she saw a distressed Lisa 'retreat into that moment as she was recounting it'.
'I think a lot of people who have crimes of that nature committed to them do feel a sense of guilt, of could I have done more? Should I have shouted, should I have screamed? A sort of survivor guilt I think,' Ranvir said.
Inner conflict; The Good Morning Britain presenter, 44, became emotional as she revealed she had only ever told two people in her life and had a 'tug of war' with herself
Painful: Singh made the admission after speaking to Lisa Phillips, now 45 and one of the many underage girls targeted by the late Epstein (Philips is pictured on her way to Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean island in 2000)
'Often when we do this job people think we are just out to make people cry on telly, do you know what I mean, I'm being blunt about how people view journalists.'
Ranvir said because the interview was done over Zoom she couldn't physically comfort Lisa, and so decided to confide her as feelings she had felt resurfaced when she was recounting her ordeal.
'It was just an instant thing,' she said. 'I felt a really shocking kind of empathy with what she was describing.
'I was acutely aware we were on camera but it's a human to human experience when someone is telling you something so painful.
'So I did say to her something happened to me when I was 12, and I understand you shouldn't feel guilty about not'.
Bond: Appearing on the show on Tuesday, Ranvir said she felt compelled to talk about her assault when trying to comfort survivor Lisa