Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, who stars on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” revealed that she was raped and said she was sexually abused as a child. Fonda opened up publicly about the experiences for the first time in an interview with fellow actress and activist Brie Larson for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.
“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,” she said in the interview.
Fonda also said: “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 realize that [rape and other forms of abuse are] not our fault. We were violated and it’s not right.”
She added: “It took me 60 years to learn how to say no. If anyone offered me anything I would say yes. I took parts I wasn’t right for and I was taken advantage of. I didn’t know how to stand up for myself. Now, I would say, ‘No. This is a piece of s–t. I don’t like the way you’re treating me,’ and leave. If only I had known then what I do now.”