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Jane Fonda: I’ve been raped

Update : 03 Mar 2017, 09:34 PM
In an interview with another Oscar-winning actor Brie Larson in Net-a-Porter’s magazine The Edit, Fonda said, “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.” “I always thought it was my fault. That I didn’t do or say the right thing,” the two-time Oscar winning actress added. She is not the only Fonda in her family who faced the detrimental face of patriarchy. In 2014, Fonda revealed that her mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was also sexually abused as a child and committed suicide at the age of 42, when the actress was 12. The Miss Army Recruiting awardee came to know the lamentable truth while she was preparing her memoirs and reviewing her mother’s medical history. “The minute that I read that, everything fell into place,” Fonda said. “I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself.” The 79-year-old actor is working as an activist for women’s rights for years now. In 2001, she founded the Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health with a view to help prevent teen pregnancy. She is also an active member of the global V-Day movement, which works to halt violence against women. “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 realise that (rape and abuse is) not our fault. We were violated and it’s not right,” Fonda said while discussing feminism with the Room actor.
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