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11 Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out About Sexual Assault

We’re in a new era of the #MeToo movement. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have reignited the conversation surrounding sexual assault. For survivors, the current news cycle can be distressing, forcing them to relive what happened to them. Some survivors are inspired by Dr. Ford’s testimony and are coming forward to friends and loved ones about what happened to them. Often, the reaction is not what they expected.

“People can be traumatized, not just by the event itself but again later if the people and institutions they disclose to respond negatively,” says Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene and a 2018–2019 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in California. (A university, law enforcement, or the government are examples of these institutions.) The impacts of sexual assault itself can last for a lifetime, putting survivors at an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, maladaptive behaviors such as eating disorders, and heart disease, says Dr. Freyd.

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For someone who may be inspired by other people, including celebrities who have spoken out about their experiences, try to prepare for their possible response and put a coping strategy in place if that reaction is negative.

Why might that happen? Ideas on how a survivor should behave are pervasive — and damaging. “There’s the thought that, Surely any victim would do this or that. But what they say any victim would have done is actually really rare,” says Matt J. Gray, PhD, a clinical psychology professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and an expert in sexual violence prevention and traumatic stress. One of those actions is reporting the incident to police — or even telling anyone at all. In a June 2018 report authored by Dr. Gray and colleagues, 27 percent of the 1,913 students surveyed reported experiencing a sexual assault while at the university. However, half who were assaulted didn’t tell anyone, and only about 7 percent told law enforcement.

“The biggest concern I think prevents disclosure is the fear of not being believed,” says Gray. “If you look at the comments under any article on the internet, you see that this isn’t an invalid fear.” What’s more, when people recount their sexual assaults, they may express anger, be confused about what happened, or appear that they’re not telling the truth. “There are a whole host of reactions that may lead people to not believe them,” says Freyd.

As you listen to women and men coming forward with their own stories, the best thing you can do is offer support. If someone discloses a sexual assault to you, it can be tough to know exactly how to respond. “Say, ‘I’m sorry that happened to you. I believe you. How can I support you?’” says Gray. “Then be prepared to listen.”

For celebrities who come forward, they help fellow survivors know that they’re not alone. Here are 11 who have taken this step.

President Donald Trump attacked Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s credibility on Friday when he tweeted that “charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents” if her allegation of attempted rape against Brett Kavanaugh “was as bad as she says.” But seven in 10 sexual assaults go unreported, according to anti-sexual violence nonprofit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, so social media responded to Trump en masse with the viral hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. Thousands shared their stories of sexual assault or harassment and why they didn’t report them to the police.

Now, dozens of celebrities have joined the conversation, with Lili Reinhart, Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano, and more, using the hashtag to share their stories in an effort to support Ford and also show that not reporting an assault does not make it less painful or damaging.

Lili, who first wrote about her experience with assault after many women spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, tweeted on Friday about why she never reported it:

“Because I didn’t want to lose my job or make people think I was a drama queen. #WhyIDidntReport”

Lili first detailed an experience on Tumblr in October 2017. “In light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations… I feel the need to share a story of my own personal experience where a man in a position of power over me, used that said power to try and take advantage of me,” Lili wrote.

She said that she had a crush on a guy she worked with as a teen, and when they went on their first date, he tried to force himself on her. “I had to stop him and say ‘no, I don’t want that,’ and ‘I can’t do that.’ I physically walked away from the situation before it could get any worse. I remember feeling like this was a scene right out of a horror movie.”

Lili and other celebrities shared their stories in an effort to show that survivors of sexual assault and harassment often don’t report for a multitude of reasons, whether it’s because they are ashamed, because they were children and their abuser threatened them, or because they fear retribution from their abuser’s friends or family if they do speak out.

Even when survivors do report, they rarely receive justice, statistics show. RAINN, estimates that, out of every 1,000 rapes, 310 are reported to police, 57 lead to arrests, 11 get referred to prosecutors, seven lead to felony convictions, and six perpetrators end up incarcerated.

Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who has accused him of what?

Image caption Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne have all spoken out

Salma Hayek, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow are among dozens of women who have come forward with allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

He is currently facing five charges relating to two women in New York.

He has previously admitted his behaviour has “caused a lot of pain” but has described many of the allegations against him as “patently false”.

His spokesperson has said “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied” and there were “never any acts of retaliation” against women who turned him down.

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Here are some of those who have made allegations against him.

Rose McGowan

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The actress has accused Weinstein of raping her by performing oral sex in a hotel at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, when she was 23 and had just appeared in Scream.

She later reached a $100,000 settlement with him – and says he offered her $1m for a further non-disclosure deal to stay silent. She declined and has been one of his most vocal accusers.

Annabella Sciorra

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The Emmy-nominated former Sopranos actress has alleged that Weinstein forced himself into her apartment in New York in 1992 and raped her.

“I was so ashamed of what happened,” Sciorra told the New Yorker. “And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, Why did I open that door?”

Ashley Judd

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The actress says Weinstein asked her to go to his hotel room under the guise of a business meeting, but appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or if she could watch him shower.

She refused, and says he got revenge by seeking to damage her career. Director Peter Jackson has come forward to say he removed her from a casting list “as a direct result” of what he now thinks was “false information” provided by Weinstein.

In May 2018 Judd sued Weinstein claiming he damaged her career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances but a Los Angeles court later dismissed her sexual harassment suit.

Her defamation claim may still proceed, the judge said.

Mira Sorvino

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The Mighty Aphrodite star says he harassed her in a hotel room in 1995. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said.

Like with Ashley Judd, Peter Jackson said Weinstein warned him off casting her.

Salma Hayek

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The Frida actress says she turned down repeated sexual advances from Weinstein while making the 2002 film Frida.

And she says his persuasion tactics included threats. Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”

Asia Argento

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The Italian actress and director Asia Argento says she reluctantly agreed to give him a massage in a hotel room on the French Riviera, but he then raped her.

Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big”, she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”

Lucia Evans

Lucia Evans – nee Stoller – encountered Weinstein in 2004 in a New York club when she was an aspiring actress. She says she was forced to perform oral sex by the producer after going to his office for what she thought was a casting meeting.

“The type of control he exerted, it was very real,” she told The New Yorker. “Even just his presence was intimidating.”

Paz de la Huerta

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The Boardwalk Empire star has accused Weinstein of raping her twice in New York in 2010.

The first time was after he offered her a ride home, and the second was when he turned up uninvited at her apartment. “I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, ‘I don’t want to do this’,” she said.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Paltrow says Weinstein asked her to give him a massage in his hotel suite after casting her in the leading role of 1996’s Emma when she was 22.

She refused. “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal,” she said. She told then boyfriend Brad Pitt – who threatened to kill the producer if he did anything like that to Paltrow again.

Mimi Haleyi

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Former production worker Mimi Haleyi alleges that she was raped by Weinstein when he forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 in his New York apartment.

“I told him ‘no, no, no’. But he insisted,” Ms Haleyi told a press conference in New York.

Dominique Huett

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The actress also alleges she was raped by Weinstein when he performed oral sex on her without her consent. She says he lured her to a hotel room in 2010 under the guise of helping her procure future TV and film roles.

“I didn’t know how to say no to someone like him at the time, which I regret,” she said.

Natassia Malthe

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The Norwegian actress accuses Weinstein of raping her in a London hotel after the 2008 Bafta Awards ceremony.

She also alleges that he then asked her to engage in a threesome with him and another woman when back in Los Angeles following the Baftas.

Lysette Anthony

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British actress Lysette Anthony says he carried out a “pathetic, revolting” attack at her London home in the late 1980s, which left her “disgusted and embarrassed”.

Lysette Anthony told The Sunday Times she had reported an attack by Weinstein to the Metropolitan Police in London.

Cara Delevingne

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In an Instagram post, Delevingne writes how uncomfortable she felt during an encounter with Weinstein in a hotel room and describes what allegedly happened when she told him she wanted to leave.

“He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room,” she says.

Lea Seydoux

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The French actress has written about how he invited her to come to his hotel room for a drink.

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” she wrote in The Guardian. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.”

Angelina Jolie

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Jolie says she was propositioned by Weinstein in a hotel room in 1998.

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” she said.

Uma Thurman

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The Pulp Fiction actress says Weinstein pushed her down and “tried to expose himself” at the producer’s hotel room in London during the 1990s.

“He tried to shove himself on me… He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” Thurman said. “But he didn’t actually put his back into it and force me. You’re like an animal wriggling away, like a lizard.”

Heather Graham

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The Boogie Nights actress told Variety she was once propositioned by Weinstein in the early 2000s when she met him to discuss being cast in one of his movies.

She alleges he implied she had to sleep with him to get a film role, telling her that his wife would have been fine with it.

Zoe Brock

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The model and actress says he asked for a massage in the south of France in 1997. She said: “I didn’t know what to do and I felt that letting him maybe touch me a little bit might placate him enough to get me out of there somehow.”

Before long, she “bolted” into the bathroom. He banged on the door with his fists before eventually retreating, putting on a dressing gown and starting to cry.

Louisette Geiss

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The actress and producer says she was attacked by Weinstein when he invited her to his office in a hotel for a meeting about a script she had written at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

He insisted on listening to her pitch in his hot tub, then asked her to watch him masturbate, she says – and told her he could green-light her script if she did so. She left.

Daryl Hannah

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The Splash actress says she repeatedly turned down Weinstein’s advances during promotion for Kill Bill and its sequel. He tried, she says, to get into her hotel room on multiple occasions, once getting a key and “burst in like a raging bull.”

He asked to grope her breasts and then asked her to expose herself to him, she alleges. She suffered physical repercussions as her flights were cancelled and she was left stranded after she turned him down on one occasion, she adds.

Rosanna Arquette

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The actress says she rejected Weinstein’s advances and that she believes her acting career suffered as a result.

She told the New York Times in the early 1990s she was directed to his hotel room, where he was in a bathrobe and asked her for a massage. When she refused she says he grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch.

More voices

Model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez has said she was groped by Weinstein and later went to New York police in 2015, saying the producer assaulted her. She then met Weinstein wearing a hidden microphone. But prosecutors took no action.

Other stars to have detailed how he made advances in his home or hotel rooms include Brit Marling, Lupita Nyong’O, Lena Headey and Kate Beckinsale.

Other women who have come forward since then with their stories include French actresses Florence Darel, Judith Godreche and Emma de Caunes.

British model Kadian Noble, US actresses Jessica Barth, Katherine Kendall and aspiring actresses Dawn Denning, who is now a costume designer, Tomi-Ann Roberts, who is now a psychology professor, have also gone on the record.

TV anchor Lauren Sivan alleges Weinstein cornered her in an empty basement area of a New York restaurant in 2007 and masturbated in front of her.

And other workers at the Weinstein film company told the New Yorker about their experiences, including Emily Nestor, who was a temporary front desk assistant who said she had had to refuse his advances “at least a dozen times”.

Actress Claire Forlani has said “nothing happened” between her and Weinstein – but only because she “escaped five times”.

In an interview with Canadian TV, actress Lauren Holly said the producer approached her naked and requested a massage, at which point she “pushed him and ran”.

Zelda Perkins, a British former assistant of Harvey Weinstein, says she resigned after a colleague accused him of trying to rape her.

Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister issued a statement on 10 October in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,” she said. “Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.

“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”

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Need help?

Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

How does it work?

When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.

Telephone Hotline Terms of Service

How can the hotline help me?

Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:

  • Confidential support from a trained staff member
  • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
  • Someone to help you talk through what happened
  • Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
  • Referrals for long term support in your area
  • Information about the laws in your community
  • Basic information about medical concerns

Is it confidential?

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a safe, confidential service. When you call the hotline, only the first six numbers of the phone number are used to route the call, and your complete phone number is never stored in our system. Most states do have laws that require local staff to contact authorities in certain situations, like if there is a child or vulnerable adult who is in danger.

While almost all callers are connected directly to a staff member or volunteer at a local sexual assault service provider, a handful of providers use an answering service after daytime business hours. This service helps manage the flow of calls. If all staff members are busy, you may choose to leave a phone number with the answering service. In this case, the number will be confidential and will be given directly to the organization’s staff member for a callback. If you reach an answering service, you can try calling back after some time has passed, or you can choose to call during regular business hours when more staff members are available. You can also access 24/7 help online by visiting online.rainn.org.

Who are the sexual assault service providers?

Sexual assault service providers are organizations or agencies dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault. The providers who answer calls placed to the hotline are known as RAINN affiliates. To be part of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, affiliates must agree to uphold RAINN’s confidentiality standards. That means:

  • Never releasing records or information about the call without the consent of the caller, except when obligated by law
  • Only making reports to the police or other agencies when the caller consents, unless obligated by law
  • Agreeing to RAINN’s non-discrimination policy

To learn more about how a provider can become an affiliate of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, visit the Sexual Assault Service Provider information page. Volunteer opportunities for the National Sexual Assault Hotline are coordinated through these local providers. Search for volunteer opportunities near you.

How was the National Sexual Assault Hotline created?

The National Sexual Assault Hotline was the nation’s first decentralized hotline, connecting those in need with help in their local communities. It’s made up of a network of independent sexual assault service providers, vetted by RAINN, who answer calls to a single, nationwide hotline number. Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) has helped more than 3 million people affected by sexual violence.

Before the telephone hotline was created, there was no central place where survivors could get help. Local sexual assault services providers were well equipped to handle support services, but the lack of a national hotline meant the issue did not receive as much attention as it should. In response, RAINN developed a unique national hotline system to combine all the advantages of a national organization with all the abilities and expertise of local programs. One nationwide hotline number makes it easier for survivors to be connected with the help they deserve.

Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline. You can also visit online.rainn.org to receive support via confidential online chat.

Two K-pop stars sentenced to prison for gang raping unconscious women

By Miriam Berger Miriam Berger Reporter covering Middle East, Foreign Affairs November 29, 2019

K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were sentenced to six and five years in prison, respectively, after a South Korean court found them guilty Friday of gang-raping unconscious and drunk women.

Jung was also found guilty of filming the crimes and distributing the footage in a group chat, which allegedly included other K-pop stars.

It’s the latest scandal to rock the K-pop industry, a lucrative music genre that rose to global fame for its clean, feel-good vibes but whose stars have also become ensnared in sexual violence and abuse scandals that have shocked their heavily female audiences.

Guilty of rape and secretly filming and sharing the crimes

Judge Kang Seong-Soo told the court Friday that Jung’s victims were “drunk and unable to resist” and that he “filmed them nude and having sex, then spread it on a group chat.”

“We can’t imagine the pain the victims might have felt who found out later,” the judge added, according to the BBC.

Jung and Choi, both 30, are also banned from working with minors and must undergo 80 hours of anti-sexual violence training.

Both men have denied the rape charges and insisted that any sex was consensual.

Jung left the music business in March after admitting to secretly filming sex with women and distributing it. He told the court Friday that regarding the illicit filming, “I deeply regret my foolishness and I feel great remorse.”

The court, however, said that Choi, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, “did not feel remorse after mass-raping drunken victims,” the BBC reported.

“The defendants are well-known celebrities and friends, but the chat they’ve had showed that they simply considered women as objects of sexual pleasure, and committed crimes that were extremely serious,” the judge said at the sentencing.

Fans react to a performance at a K-pop award show in Hanoi on Tuesday. (Huy Hoang/AP)

One of several sexual violence and abuse scandals rocking K-pop

The cases against the men were uncovered as police were probing other allegations against another K-pop star in the group chat who ran publicity for a club, the Burning Sun, in an upscale Seoul neighborhood.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police have alleged that a litany of crimes occurred at the club, including bribery, rape, procuring women for prostitution and drug trafficking.

In stark contrast to Jung and Choi’s crimes, K-pop stars are under intense pressure from the industry to maintain squeaky-clean public personas, which includes restrictions on their dating and social life.

K-pop group (G)I-DLE perform at an award show in Hanoi on Tuesday. (Huy Hoang/AP)

Part of a culture in which women are treated as “sexual commodities”

The investigations have also underscored deep gender inequalities in Korean society.

“Women are routinely treated as sexual commodities in South Korea’s male chauvinistic culture,” Kwon-Kim Hyun-young, a women’s studies scholar and visiting professor at Korea National University of Arts, told The Washington Post’s Min Joo Kim.

“Girls in South Korea grow up admiring and loving K-pop boy bands,” she said. “The misogynistic behavior of male K-pop stars, who enjoy financial and popular support from mostly female fans, is a shocking hypocrisy and an act of betrayal.”

Last year, tens of thousands of women in South Korea marched against “molka” — in which women are secretly filmed having sex and the footage is uploaded to websites — under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”

Still, victims of molka face intense public scrutiny and shame for coming forward. There are also major legal impediments.

“Most spy cam-related bills, including some that aim to fine or imprison service providers who don’t delete such footage from their websites, continue to stall in the National Assembly, leaving the victims of these crimes to continue to try to find justice in a flawed system,” Seoul-based journalist Haeryun Kang wrote in The Post.

Suffering of K-pop female stars underscored in recent deaths

A portrait of late K-pop star Goo Hara is seen surrounded by flowers at a memorial altar at a hospital in Seoul on Monday. (Str/Dong-A Ilbo/Afp Via Getty Images)

This month, K-pop singer Goo Hara, 28, was found dead at her home in Seoul. Investigators said the cause of death could have been suicide.

Six months earlier, she had been found unconscious after an apparent suicide attempt.

Before her death, Goo had been in a public battle after coming forward as a victim of so-called revenge porn: In 2018, she accused her ex-boyfriend of secretly filming them having sex and then threatening to circulate the footage.

A court in August found the boyfriend guilty of assault and threatening to circulate the film, but not of secretly taping her.

In another shock to the industry, in October, top South Korean K-pop singer and actress Sulli, 25, was found dead in her house in what investigators say also may have been a suicide.

The star, whose legal name is Choi Jin-ri, had been open about the abuse she faced and her mental health struggles. She had also taken the rare step of acknowledging she was dating a rapper, despite the fact that “K-pop stars usually face pressure not to date because it can disillusion their fans and undermine their career,” The Post reported.

Sulli and Goo had been friends.

“If she is found to have taken her own life, it would highlight the huge pressures on K-pop stars exerted by exploitative management companies and demanding fans and the lack of mental health support,” The Post’s Min Joo Kim and Simon Denyer reported.

Both women “had suffered from enormous amounts of cyberbullying and abuse online,” Kang wrote. “The deaths, so close together, are a chilling wake-up call to the harsh realities — not just for K-pop stars, but for all South Korean women, dangerously vulnerable in the face of abuse and violence.”

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Sexual Assault:

  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) – Toll-free 24/7 hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers a hotline that provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends, and familiies over RAINN’s website. The Online Hotline is free of charge and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week!
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women – Information about local sexual assault victim assistance coalitions.
  • International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages.
    • NOTE: The agencies and organizations listed on this international directory have not been vetted by the U.S. Department of State or other federal agency.

Domestic Violence:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – Toll-free 24/7 hotline for crisis counseling and referrals: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women – Information about local domestic violence victim assistance coalitions.
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a safe home and shelter programs, public education, and technical assistance. They also have a list of state and international organizations that can assist domeestic violence victims. 303-839-1852
  • The 24/7 international crisis hotline 1-866-USWOMEN (1-866-879-6636) can be called toll free from overseas.
  • International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages.
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Families and Friends of Murder Victims:

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  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) – Toll-free hotline available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST for information and referral to victim assistance programs: 1-800-TRY-NOVA

Overseas Resources:

  • International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages.
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Andile is now an activist in the fight against sexual assault and runs an organisation, called Open Disclosure Foundation, which offers help to rape victims.

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Nokuthula Ledwaba

Actress Nokuthula Ledwaba experienced sexual assault by a colleague in the acting industry.

“I was 19, starting out as an actor when a ‘respected’ male actor in his 30s said he wanted to ‘take care’ of me while stroking my hair. This particular actor was married. I just played along for an hour or so and ducked as soon as I could,” she wrote on Twitter.

When Ledwaba chose to report the man, she says no one listened.

“I had reported him on many occasions and nobody listened. I got fed up. I asked to be written out of the show. They thought I was kidding. I simply refused to work,” she wrote in a tweet that has now been removed.

Katlego Danke

Katlego Danke is also one of the actors who was a victim of sexual assault. She took to Twitter to share her story of how she was sexually harassed at university and at work.

“It’s so important for us to be having these conversations because this is a real issue. I have been a victim, at university and very recently at work. It happened while I was still walking to set past a male group of extras. I went to management immediately and told them they needed to deal with it. I take a huge stand against it because of my past experiences, even the subliminal sexual comments from male colleagues are actually disturbing but we have been taught to laugh them off,” she Tweeted.

Crystal-Donna Roberts

Another actress who was a victim of sexual abuse is Crystal-Donna Roberts.

“I won’t say which show it was for or for what character I played, but I was doing a scene with my character’s boyfriend and we were meant to kiss. During the kiss he started putting his hands on my breasts and bum and that was not in the script at all. I was so shocked that at first I thought I was imagining it and questioned if it happened, but it did and I wish I spoke about it earlier. You don’t expect it to happen to you because it is a colleague, someone you know, a man you will see at an industry event. The problem is that we are scared to speak, we don’t want to lose our jobs or not get another one so we don’t say anything, but I think it’s time that changed. We need to start speaking and telling our stories and taking a stand against what has been happening for a long time,” she told IOL.

Tumi Morake

Comedian and media personality Tumi Morake says her virginity was stolen by a boy who raped her when she was 15.

“It was one of those weekends where we had a performance at one of the universities in the Free State and I had borrowed a belt from this boy I had a crush on. When I went to return it at his residence he locked the room and raped me. When I told him to stop he didn’t listen and when I tried to push him away he wouldn’t let me go,” she told Move! magazine.

Lebo Sekgobela

Gospel singer Lebo Sekgobela was raped at age eight by her sister’s older friend in the school toilet.

The singer opened up about the rape to True Love. Sadly, she was raped again when she was 11. Lebo told the publication that she was assaulted by a male neighbour who offered her a lift and raped her in the car.

Ntsiki Mazwai

Another celebrity who was a victim of rape is Ntsiki Mazwai. The musician and poet came out with the news in 2017.

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After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described her alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018, many women felt they too could open up about assaults from their pasts, including Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres spoke with actress Busy Philipps, who also opened up about how she was violated at the age of 14. After Philipps described to DeGeneres how she felt it was time to share, DeGeneres did the same:

I was 15 and I had something happen to me and when I watched Dr. Ford, anyone who’s had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or say, ‘Why did you wait so long?’ It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it. So you at 14, me at 15, God knows how many people in this audience have had something happen to them.

DeGeneres then asked her audience how many were also victims, and although viewers at home didn’t see the audience, DeGeneres’s face looked disheartened at what she saw. She then said, “I’m so sorry that happened to you. I’m so sorry that it happened to all of us.”

Birthplace: USA, Metairie, Louisiana

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards

Celebrities who were sexually abused as children

Pop singer Lady Gaga has revealed that she was raped at the age of 19. According to a report on ANI, the songwriter told Howard Stern on his radio show that her song ‘Swine’ is about rape and demoralisation. She also revealed that she went through some horrific things that she is able to laugh at now because of the various therapy sessions she underwent over the years. She also asserts that music has helped her cope up with the situation. The report states that Gaga has revealed that the ordeal started when she was 19 and went to Catholic school and that it took her four to five years before the reality of the situation hit her. On being asked if she ever confronted her rapist, the report says that Lady Gaga insists she was paralysed with fear on seeing the rapist who was a music director 20 years her senior. She also agrees that it was only then that she realised how messed up he was.Child sexual abuse is a major cause for concern for many. The dark experiences children face while growing up in the form of sexual abuse is daunting and scars their memories for the rest of their lives. Quite a few celebrities have spoken up about the issue and also revealed about their haunting memories while going through the same during their childhood. We list out a few celebrities who were sexually abused as children.

Common, Tyler Perry: Male celebrities continue to speak out publicly about their sexual assault

The rapper, actor and activist, reveals in the memoir that it wasn’t until two years ago that the memory of being molested as a child came back to him.

According to NBC News, this was while working on a scene with actress Laura Dern for their 2018 film, The Tale, a true story about child rape .

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he writes according to People. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”

According to him, the abuse happened around the age of nine or ten during a family trip, where he had to share a bed with his Godbrother’s relative, whom he refers to as ‘Brandon’.

“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he writes in a passage Entertainment Weekly describes as “incredibly vulnerable”. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’” “He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away,”

Common adds that he “felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.” Nonetheless, he has forgiven his abuser. “I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence,” he wrote. “This is love in action and I intend to practice it.”

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