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Angelina Jolie Opens Up About the Stigma of Sexual Violence

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About the Stigma of Sexual Violence

Angelina Jolie is opening up about sexual violence to Marie Claire.

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Here’s what the 43-year-old actress and activist had to say…

On why the stigma against survivors of sexual violence still exists: “Sexual violence in conflict is still a taboo subject. Female and male survivors, and children born of this rape, are often treated as if they are the ones who have done something wrong. They are rejected and stigmatized, while their attackers go unpunished. That’s what has to change, and breaking the taboo is part of that.”

On why she uses her influence to shed light on this issue: “Our partners in this effort are victims speaking out, local NGOs and governments from around the world as well as militaries. We have to solve this comprehensively. We need to go to the heart of where there are abuses and make changes, and press for new practices and accountability. To take one example, 37 countries still exempt perpetrators of rape from prosecution if they are either married to their victims, or agree to marry them afterwards. Over 60 countries don’t include male survivors within the scope of their sexual violence legislation. So we have to change laws as well as attitudes.”

On how she speaks to her children about sexual violence: “I don’t just speak to my daughters. I speak to them with their brothers. That is maybe the first most important distinction. This is not just a problem for women, and the solution is working with women and men. And girls and boys. Not only are men and boys also victims of these crimes, but those who are perpetrating these crimes need to have other men remind them what it really is to be a man. A man with a healthy relationship to women. And all societies need to be clear about not tolerating this behavior.”

For more from Angelina, head to MarieClaire.com.

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  • Gemini675

    It is wonderful to see the UK is leading the global effort and that Angelina, Arminka and Chloe were at the forefront of the PSVI and the film festival last month. It is a testament to their commitment, clear headiness and professionalism.

  • Gemini675

    It is wonderful to see the UK is leading the global effort and that Angelina, Arminka and Chloe were at the forefront of the PSVI and the film festival last month. It is a testament to their commitment, clear headiness and professionalism.

  • Maya

    Yay one of the first ones 😂

  • Maya

    Yay one of the first ones 😂

  • Maya

    Well done Angelina & co. Keep trying to help as many people as you can.

    2019 will be a brilliant year for you Angelina without the extra baggage (you know who) and the pathetic smear campaign.

    You have the children, you & they are happy, the career keeps rising and so does your humanitarian causes.

    Now if we could just get one of our dear wishes to come true ( you and Keanu Reeves falling in love and live happily ever after)😜

  • Maya

    Well done Angelina & co. Keep trying to help as many people as you can.

    2019 will be a brilliant year for you Angelina without the extra baggage (you know who) and the pathetic smear campaign.

    You have the children, you & they are happy, the career keeps rising and so does your humanitarian causes.

    Now if we could just get one of our dear wishes to come true ( you and Keanu Reeves falling in love and live happily ever after)😜

  • Dawne

    Focused and driven. That is our girl.

  • Dawne

    Focused and driven. That is our girl.

  • Gemini675

    People who attended the PSVI Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, will vouch for how well organised, promoted and attended the event was. JDH were fully involved and engaged.

  • neer

    Thank you JJ for this new well-deserved AJ thread!

  • Gemini675

    People who attended the PSVI Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, will vouch for how well organised, promoted and attended the event was. JDH were fully involved and engaged.

  • neer

    Thank you JJ for this new well-deserved AJ thread!

  • lyric

    Good a new thread. Thank you Gemini. 🤗

  • lyric

    Good a new thread. Thank you Gemini. 🤗

  • neer

    According to the video in the article of Marie Claire, there are more major activities in 2019.

  • neer

    According to the video in the article of Marie Claire, there are more major activities in 2019.

  • Maya

    And commitment and willpower to complete something like this.

  • Maya

    And commitment and willpower to complete something like this.

  • neer

    UK is very supportive of PSVI.
    The UK government & the The Royalty….they really support it.

  • Gemini675

    Yes, there will be more events along with the campaigning, not just in the UK, but in the US and other countries.

  • neer

    PSVI activities & events are always conducted in a very organized and well-thought out manner.

  • lyric

    It will be good to have these activities here in the US. I’m looking forward to them. Also looking forward to Angie’s films.

  • cee

    Thanks JJ. We needed a new Angie thread.and this is a great one.

  • neer

    AJ also has the confidence as a moderator.
    She can easily engage in a conversation regardless of status of the person she is talking to.

  • neer

    AJ & her team are really committed to what they are passionate about.
    Their advocacy to help not just women but men who are victims of sexual violence is really very inspiring.

    So thank you to them for giving a voice somehow.

    My respect to them.

  • lyric

    Angie is very intelligent, well informed and mentally quick. That’s why she’s so good at public speaking and conversing with other intelligent and informed people and those that wish to learn. I would love to be in her presence and just listen to her speak.

  • http://fasdeangelinajolie.blogspot.com.br/ Fãs de Angelina Jolie

    Hello dear Angelina fans. Good morning!

  • lyric

    Good morning Fas. How is your day going?

  • neer

    Maybe because she really loves to read. Even at a young age, she is more into books already.

    Plus the kind of books she reads… more on international issues & even historical/ cultural ones.

    What a lady!

  • Lady Fucking Valeria, of Rome

    Upvote please!

    And she is right. This is an issue that needs to not be seen as a “woman’s problem”, but everyone’s problem.

    I think though that we kind of forget just how quickly attitudes have changed about sex and sexual assault. It’s like people saying black people are “whining” about being oppressed, etc….when it was literally only a few generations ago that changes were made–through the letter of the law in most cases, not in spirit. I mean, my mom is 54 and she went to a segregated school through 1st grade. My grandma is barely 80 and she lived through Jim Crow laws.

    Sadly, I think it will take a generation or two to die before these attitudes are erased fully. We have gone from blatant racism/sexism/abuse to trying to navigate “nice guys”. It will take time.

  • Premali

    Very true Neer. Reading is important.

  • Ren Roberts

    When I think of it, you are really the first generation that is not being oppressed. Literally.

  • neer

    That’s why she also passed that habit to her children who seem to love to read too.

  • Premali

    🌺🌺🌺

  • Lady Fucking Valeria, of Rome

    Well…not openly.

    It’s all coded now. We live in a world where there are still *insert graduates of* or “legacy” memberships to certain clubs…who all invariably end up being white men. Shocker.

  • http://fasdeangelinajolie.blogspot.com.br/ Fãs de Angelina Jolie

    Hi, my day is very good, a happy and quiet day, thank you for asking. And how is your day?

  • Ren Roberts

    way subtler than what is used to be. Baby steps…baby steps

  • Premali

    Good morning Fas

  • Orianna Petroy

    Soo ,we’re all here,Angie’s fans???
    I feel i made this comment teen times til now.Oh Lord i’m tired and bored of my self.LOL

  • http://fasdeangelinajolie.blogspot.com.br/ Fãs de Angelina Jolie

    Good morning Premali

  • toastie postie

    Hi! I almost thought it was a mistake. Glad now we are together. Everyone have a great day!!!

  • http://fasdeangelinajolie.blogspot.com.br/ Fãs de Angelina Jolie

    I hope so, this is a Angelina thread, has no relation to divorce and is not a shared thread.

  • bap

    Yes.

  • Maya

    All here 👍

  • toastie postie

    Hi there, OP. Trash day today, so had to make sure all the trash was set out. I have over 13 bags sitting on the curb and my yard still looks like it hasn’t been raked of the leaves – ugh.

  • Maya

    You too TP

  • bap

    Good morning Fas!

  • Dawne

    Hey, TP, hope you are having a banner day. Angie never disappoints.

  • Beck

    I love what she says about making this an issue for everyone. The responsibility for change in what are perceived as ‘womens issues’ so often falls on women alone, and it isn’t right.

  • Orianna Petroy

    Good evening Toastie from my hot island.:)