Jane Fonda reveals she was 'sexually abused as a child'

Actress Jane Fonda has spoken for the first time about suffering sexual abuse.

Jane Fonda has said she was a victim of rape and sexual assault in a revealing interview with fellow actress and activist, Brie Larson.

While speaking to Brie about feminism, Jane, 79, stated the patriarchy has taken a toll on her from a young age.

"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," Jane revealed.

"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."

Jane also reflected on becoming an activist at the age of 31 during the Vietnam War era, and later dedicating herself to causes like violence against women, body image and LGBTQI rights

At 79 years old, Jane is currently still fighting the patriarchy, and is thrilled to "give a face to ageing women" through her role in Grace and Frankie.

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