Jane Fonda tells Brie Larson: "I blamed myself for my rape"

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Jane Fonda was sexually abused as a child, and has also been a victim of rape, she has revealed.

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The actress, 79, is a longtime supporter of the Rape Treatment Center in California, and in an interview with Edit magazine, she said that growing up in the Fifties meant she wasn't able to stand up for herself.

"I grew up in the 50s and it took me a long time to apply feminism to my life," 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."

Fonda was speaking to Brie Larson, the Oscar-winning actress and advocate for sexual abuse survivors, about her life both as a film star, and as a social activist.

She said that she wanted to discuss her traumatic experiences "to show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females," and said that feminism had helped women realise that abuse was not their fault.

"We were violated and it's not right," she said. "I always thought it was my fault that I didn't do or say the right thing. I know 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'."

At the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center in 2014, she spoke of discovering that her mother, who died by suicide aged 42, had been sexually abused as a child.

"The minute I read that everything fell into place," she said. "I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her."

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