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Jane Fonda’s Surprising Rape Revelation: ‘I Always Thought It Was My Fault'

In the latest issue of Net-a-Porter's The Edit, actress Jane Fonda made a shocking revelation about past sexual abuse.

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While being interviewed by Brie Larson, she opened up about the struggles she faced at the hands of men. She said, "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.”

“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 abuse is] not our fault,” she reiterated. "We were violated and it’s not right.”

Jane and Brie also discussed the importance of learning to say “no” in Hollywood. Fonda has come a long way from the early days of her career, commenting, "Unlike you, Brie, 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 sh*t. I don’t like the way you’re treating me,’ and leave. If only I had known then what I do now.”

Aside from saying no, Fonda has had to learn how to balance her professional life with motherhood. She revealed, "I regret that I wasn’t a better parent. 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. When I die, I want my family to be around me. I want them to love me and I have to earn that. I’m still working at it.”

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