Actress Ashley Judd — who recently made headlines by filing a complaint against the now disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein, claiming he harmed her acting career — now wants to help other #MeToo survivors!
The 50-year-old Judd spoke at Time’s Up event on Saturday — Tribeca Talks — where the actress read an open letter written by her over the importance of healing after sexual misconduct. The star shared the latter with Refinery 29 on Tuesday.
Judd — who is one of the first women to come forward accusing the former movie mogul, Weinstein, of sexual harassment or sexual assault in The New York Times‘ first expose in October 2017 — wrote, “We can heal. That has been my experience.” She continued, “We may not, admittedly, know how to, or even from what we need to heal. It may be the event itself, or vivid or dull memories of it, and it is entirely plausible that we don’t even remember the event.”
“There is a police record of a time I was sexually assaulted in high school. I was wearing a green and gold cheerleader uniform, my mother tells me. It was in a local store, and I have no memory of that crime,” she went on to write. “We may not even think we need to heal, that maybe we’ve just had some crappy relationships. Whatever trauma looks like in our lives, feelings can be healed.”
The actress listed the multiple ways survivors choose to heal from the sexual misconduct. “What happened to us will always have been wrong, sexist, and criminal, yet we are fundamentally and ultimately responsible, respondable to our own lives,” she said. “This may sound harsh, but it means we have autonomy, we are powerful, and we have agency.”
“You are not alone, I believe you, and it wasn’t your fault, by now are our internal paradigm,” the actress wrote. “We cease taking people, places, and things so personally, and what was that rage Tarana [Burke] spoke about becomes our strength, our energy, and our motivation. What was depression becomes expression, and self-pity and helplessness are transformed into dignity, integrity, and courage. We celebrate and enjoy our sexuality. We prosecute and forgive at the same time.”