The superstar opened up about her past painful experiences.
Revealing a bombshell:
Fonda spoke about the “extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females” in an interview with Brie Larson for The EDIT. The star, 79, then revealed a bombshell, that she had once been raped.
She 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 acclaimed actress added that her challenging past has made her become a fervent activist for women’s rights, she is an active supporter of the V-Day movement, an organization that works to on stopping violence against girls and women. She also founded the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which aims to help prevent teen pregnancy in 2001.
She said that she knows young girls who have been raped and didn’t even know it was rape. They think, ‘It must have been because I said ‘no’ the wrong way,’ ”
Fonda said that she aims to help abuse victims through her work so that they realize that rape and abuse are not the victims’ fault.
The actress has spoken frankly about her difficult past before, she had stated earlier that her mother was also a victim of sexual abuse, and that she had killed herself when Fonda was 12.
Parental woes and saying no:
During an episode of Oprah’s Master Class, Fonda said that one of the most important things that she has learned was that her mother had been sexually abused, that’s when everything fell into place for her.
During the interview with Larson, Fonda also revealed up about her parenting regrets, saying: “I didn’t know how to do it. But you can learn, so I studied how to be a parent. It’s never too late. I am trying to make up for what I didn’t know before.”
During their discussion commemorating International Women’s Day, the two stars discussed feminism in Hollywood. Larson said how she has learned to say no to projects she doesn’t want to participate in.
Fonda admitted that it has taken her 60 years to learn to say no. She admitted: “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—. I don’t like the way you’re treating me,’ and leave. If only I had known then what I do now.”