On Her India Visit Actress Ashley Judd Reveals She Was ‘Molested At 7, Raped At 14’
Actress and activist Ashley Judd revealed in Delhi that she had been sexually abused more than once, since she was as young as seven. The actress is currently visiting India. A Time To Kill star Ashley Judd, 48, was speaking at the World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in New Delhi. Two hundred and fifty key voices in the global movement to abolish prostitution systems gathered for a World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in the National Capital on Monday, January 30. Survivor of sex trade and author Rachel Moran was also present in the event. Ashley Judd’s visit comes just days after her recital of Nasty Woman at the Women’s March held across the United States on Donald Trump‘s first day of presidency made headlines.
Addressing the media and delegates of the Congress, the actor and political activist said the US has a long way to go for gender equality and even opened up about her personal experience.
She said she survived sexual violence and had been molested at seven, raped at 14 and then again in 1998, reported news agency ANI.
“I was molested when I was seven years old. I was raped at 14, and then I was raped in 1998. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t trafficked,”
The activist also added that there are severe flaws in law on violence against women across the world, and the move for the abolition of trafficking would end harassment.
“If us as survivors can come together, we can create change. The onus of the crime should only go to the perpetrator. And laws should give women and girls exit strategies to get out of trafficking,”
She also spoke about gender inequality. She said she made 40% less than male co-stars.
“There is a big pay gap in Hollywood, because of gender discrimination, and my life time earnings are 40 per cent less than what I should have earned, had there been pay equality in the industry.”
Ms Judd, known for opposing the US President Donald Trump, said her home country falls short on gender equality, reported ANI.
The Congress was held at a time when a new Trafficking Bill is going to be introduced in the parliament. The group is demanding provisions for prevention of trafficking through budget allocations for investment in housing, food and education for girls at risk.
Daughter of country music star Naomi Judd, earlier had revealed that she had been sexually harassed by a Hollywood studio executive. While she was filming Kiss The Girls in the executive in 2015 – one of Hollywood’s top bosses – summoned her to his hotel room and asked her to watch him shower, she had told Mirror.
“I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses. He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term – ‘Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat’. It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting,” Ms Judd said.
Later, she discovered that other actresses had been similarly harassed by the executive, whom she did not name. “Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realise our experiences were identical. There was a mutual strengthening and fortification of our resolve. The ultimate thing when I was weaselling out of everything else was, ‘Will you watch me take a shower?’ And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, ‘Oh my god – that’s what he said to me too’,” Ashley Judd told Mirror.
Ms Judd, who visited Kolkata on her way to New Delhi, was last seen in 2016’s Good Kids. Ashley Judd’s other recent films include Olympus Has Fallen, Tooth Fairy, The Divergent Series and the Dolphin Tale films. She has featured in a number of TV shows like Missing, Norma Jean & Marilyn and Sisters.
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