Jennifer Lawrence Talks Sexual Assault: “I Don’t Know A Woman Who Hasn’t Been Touched By Some Sort Of Abuse”

Jennifer Lawrence Talks To Oprah About Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump And What's Next For Women In Hollywood featureJennifer Lawrence is being hailed as an award-winning feminist thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. She won the Sherry Lansing Award, named after the first woman to head a Hollywood studio, at THR’s “Women in Entertainment” event. The trophy comes with a cover story in the magazine and an interview with legendary talker Oprah Winfrey.

In her lengthy interview about life, love and work, Jennifer opened up about what it’s like for women in Hollywood with Harvey Weinstein exposed, Donald Trump in the White House and modern politics a total mess.

“I don’t know a woman who hasn’t been touched by some sort of abuse,” she explpains. “I’m sad by the women’s stories, but I’m excited by the change that’s going to come from it. The rule book is being rewritten right now. People are terrified. I mean, specifically, men using their power to abuse women.” The actress shared her own experience with Harvey as part of her story about the days following the revelations about him.

“There was this moment when all of this broke out and everybody was silent, and then all of a sudden, every actress’ Twitter was blowing up with, “You need to come forward and you need to say something and you need to condemn!'” she remembered. “Which is true: We do have a responsibility to say something; we’ve all worked with him, but everybody needed a moment.” “I didn’t know that he was a rapist,” she confessed. With Harvey, Jennifer said that figuring out what to do was a personal journey: “Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal.” But she thinks that coming together professionally is the way to stop abusers like him in the future.  

“Men need more social awareness,” she continues. “But this comes down to equality, and until all women in every job are paid equally for the same amount of work, how are we ever going to be thought of as equals? As long as there is one group of humans that is overruling another one, there’s going to be abuse.”

Read her entire interview here.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence for The Hollywood Reporter)

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