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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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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Reach Custody Agreement, Will Avoid Court Date

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s custody battle is over after the former couple reached an agreement for the custody of their six children.

The 54-year-old actor and the 43-year-old actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian were set to go to court on December 4, but they won’t need to now that an agreement has been reached.

“A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge,” Angelina‘s attorney Samantha Bley DeJean announced on Friday (via TMZ). She added the agreement is “based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator.”

The details of the agreement are confidential. Angelina and Brad‘s divorce details still have to be worked out and they have asked the judge to give them until June 2019 to figure that out.

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Angelina Jolie Supports Survivors of Sexual Violence Through Film Festival in London

Angelina Jolie is heading out after attending the Fighting Stigma Through Film Festival on Friday evening (November 23) at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London, England.

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The Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative film festival which “aims to harness the power of film and cinema to help fight the discrimination so often faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict.”

The 43-year-old actress, who is a co-founder of Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and took part in a Q&A session as well.

The 2-day festival includes screenings of 38 films and documentaries from around the world.

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Reportedly Settling Custody Battle

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly coming to an end of their ongoing custody battle.

The two stars are close to signing a custody settlement before a private custody trial is set to begin, The Blast reported on Wednesday (November 21).

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Specifics of the alleged settlement have not been disclosed, but “the deal will include a substantial amount of time given” to Brad.

The two reportedly realized the ongoing fight “is only hurting the children,” and the battle is expected to be finalized soon.

“Our sources are optimistic that Pitt and Jolie have found common ground and agree things need to be settled for the sake of the family, and tell us as long as nothing extreme happens, the matter will be settled,” The Blast reports.

Brad and Angelina confirmed their split in September of 2016.

Angelina Jolie to Take Part in Fighting Stigma Through Film Festival in London

Angelina Jolie will be bringing her Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict foundation to a festival later this month.

The 43-year-old actress and director will be attending the 2018 Fighting Stigma Through Film Festival – which focuses on helping fight discrimination and social stigma that survivors of war zone rape face.

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Angelina will be leading Q&A with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukege and City of Joy Centre Director Christine Schuler Deschryver.

“Artists and human rights defenders often taking significant risks, to tell the truth about crimes committed against defenseless women, children, and men during war,” Angelina said in a statement. “The perpetrators of war crimes often go to extreme lengths to keep the truth from being told. So I am proud to support the filmmakers taking part in the festival.”

Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict – which Angelina co-founded – will be hosting the film festival on November 23 and 24 in London.