Published Mar 02, 2017Hollywood legend and longstanding activist Jane Fonda has just bravely opened up about being raped and sexually abused when she was younger.
Fonda was interviewed by Brie Larson for a new issue of Net-a-Porter's The Edit, and the two had a lengthy talk about feminism and women's rights.
Then, Fonda revealed that she's suffered some extreme sexual abuse in her lifetime:
To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females; I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing. I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape. They think, "It must have been because I said 'no' the wrong way." One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realize that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right.
In the lengthy piece, the two actresses also discuss how political activism can change policy, body image issues and the power of saying no. Read the full article here.