“We ended up in rocking chairs sitting together by a stream…”
Ashley Judd has spoken in the past about being a three-time rape survivor – but in a new interview she has revealed she actually sought out and met one of the men who assaulted her for what she did. she calls it “restorative justice”. conversation.”
Appearing on the new episode of the Healing with David Kessler podcast, Judd and the host opened up about surviving abuse, before the actress shared what led her to find one of her rapists.
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“When a man raped me in 1999 it was crazy because I knew better, I was very clear, my boundaries were intact, I was already a grown, empowered feminist woman,” she shared. . “And that this could happen under these circumstances was unconscionable, unforeseen, and yet I had a restorative justice process with this person how full my soul is today.”
She clarified that she “didn’t need his cooperation” or “that he make amends to her” to heal.
“Because I’ve had the opportunity to do my trauma work, to do my grief work, to do my healing work, to have all of these shifts in my own consciousness and to connect in these spaces of female coalition with other survivors,” she explained, saying that only after that and “with the help of God” did she begin to “slowly approach him.”
“I tried to find him, he surfaced very easily and long story short we ended up in rocking chairs sitting together by a stream,” Judd explained. “And I said, ‘I’m very interested in the story that you’ve told all these years. And we had a restorative justice conversation about that.”
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“I wanted to share this story because there are many ways to heal from heartbreak, and it’s important to remind listeners that I didn’t need anything from him and it was just gravy he got. made amends and expressed deep remorse,” she concluded, “because healing from grief is an inside job. Or traveling with grief and trauma is an inside job.”
Judd opened up about surviving childhood sexual abuse in her memoir, ‘All That’s Bitter and Sweet’ and called herself a ‘three-time rape survivor’ in 2019, while revealing that the one of the attacks had led to a pregnancy. While advocating for abortion rights at the time, she said she was “very grateful” that she was able to get one safely and legally.
In her book, she also wrote that she was raped when she was a 15-year-old model in Japan… and was one of the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, whom she accused of having derailed his career after rejecting his sexual advances.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800.656.HOPE (4673) – provides free assistance 24/7 to those in need.