Jane Fonda reveals childhood sexual abuse, rape in interview with Brie Larson

Jane Fonda has revealed she was sexually abused as a child.

Speaking to fellow actress Brie Larson for online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter’s magazine, The Edit, Fonda spoke about her involvement in the women’s rights movement, explaining how her personal story was indicative of “a patriarchy” at work.

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Jane Fonda: ‘I’ve been raped’

The explosive revelation came in an interview with Brie Larson for The Edit magazine.

“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,” she said.

“I always thought it was my fault; that I didn’t do or say the right thing.”

Fonda, who is known as both an actress and fitness guru, has been a strong supporter of feminist causes, and women’s sexual health, although she had admitted that was not always the case.

In her 2005 book, My Life So Far, Fonda revealed she once struggled with identifying as a feminist because she perceived the term to be “anti-male”.

Writing for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter last year, the actress said it took her “30 years” to get feminism.

“[But] it’s OK to be a late bloomer, as long as you don’t miss the flower show,” she wrote.

Fonda is a founder of the US V-Day movement, a movement against gendered violence inspired by the play, The Vagina Monologues.

In 2001, she founded the Jane Fonda Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health in Atlanta, Georgia. The centre focuses on adolescent reproductive health research.

Fonda told Larson she believed there was still misinformation out there, particularly for young women, regarding sex and consent.

“I know young girls who’ve been raped and didn’t even know it was rape,” she said. “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.”

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