I experienced two sexual assaults by the age of 14: Ashley Judd

I experienced two sexual assaults by the age of 14: Ashley Judd

India Blooms News Service

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (IBNS): Hollywood actress-activist Ashley Judd, who was one of the highest paid women in American movie industry, at an event of World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls recently in New Delhi said that she had experienced two sexual assaults by the age of 14.

Judd, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed that she was molested when she was 7 and raped at the age of 14 and again raped in the year of 1998 for the second time.

The 48 years old "Double Jeopardy" actress even said: “I was molested for the first time I remember at the age of 7.”

In a book titled "All That Is Bitter and Sweet" released in 2011 she had revealed that she had a traumatic childhood and was sexually abused.

In an earlier interview, she had said: "We came from a dysfunctional family system that didn't work very well. So the kinds of things that happened to me are very typical and standard and indicative of a family system that doesn’t work very well.”

Speaking about discrimination against women in Hollywood, she said: “My lifetime earnings are 40% less than what they could have been, simply because I am a female.”

“I love my country (U.S.) and my country has a long way to go in attaining full equality for girls and women” she added.

Judd was present at a fund raising programme organised by a charitable trust Apne Aap who works against girls and women trafficking in Kolkata on January 25 and also visited different brothels during her brief stay.

Some of Judd's popular films are Ruby in Paradise (1993), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997), Double Jeopardy (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), High Crimes (2002), De-Lovely (2004), Bug (2006), Dolphin Tale (2011), Divergent  and Insurgent (2015).

She starred as Rebecca Winstone in the 2012 television series Missing, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh)  

I experienced two sexual assaults by the age of 14: Ashley Judd

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