Since her tweet regarding the University of Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference championship game, Insurgent actress Ashley Judd has been receiving heat from hateful bashers on Twitter. In response to all the derogatory remarks against the actress, she wrote a personal essay wherein she advocated women’s rights and shared a detailed account of her experience as a victim of sexual abuse.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) March 20, 2015
Last Sunday, the Kentucky Wildcats fan posted a tweet labeling the Arkansas players “dirty.” According to the actress, she deleted the tweet after the game but her post already rounded up a number of vicious feedbacks.
Whatever you do, don’t call @AshleyJudd a stupid ****, waste of life. Certainly don’t tell her she’ll die alone with a dried out ******.
— Bill O’Keefe (@DefendWallSt) March 17, 2015
— Tom Wellborn (@TLW3) March 18, 2013
Dems want to know why you are anti-****** MT @GayPatriot Who has a better chance? #GayPatriotForSenate in SC or Ashley Judd for Senate in KY
— Hawk (@HawkinsUSA) March 8, 2013
“Im running for the #KYsen because even the Earth’s ****** needs a voice” Ashley Judd
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 8, 2013
In memoir, Ashley Judd said it was ‘selfish’ for people to procreate http://t.co/brcYLvPfME Every child is hers! What an active ******!!!
— Esther Hart (@EstherH49) March 1, 2013
— JohnJohns (@ih8gops) February 8, 2013
— Shannon Catoe (@shannoncatoe) November 1, 2012
In her essay entitled Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My *ss which she published last Tuesday on Mic.com, Judd wrote:
“I read in vivid language the various ways, humiliating and violent, in which my genitals, vaginal and anal, should be violated, shamed, exploited and dominated. Either the writer was going to do these things to me, or they were what I deserved. My intellect was insulted: I was called stupid, an idiot. My age, appearance and body were attacked. Even my family was thrown into the mix: Someone wrote that my ‘grandmother is creepy.'”
Likewise, in her write up, Judd explained as to why she reacted strongly to the hateful tweets. In a detailed manner, the actress described her struggle as she recovered from sexual abuse. She shared:
“The summer of 1984 was tough for me. I experienced two rapes by an adult and systematic molestation from another adult, who also had another man in the room watching. I have done purgative, cathartic work on those particular acts of violence.”
Furthermore, the actress added: “I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery. I seized it… Today, nine years into my recovery, I can go farther and say ‘my story’ is not ‘my story.’ It is something a Higher Power uses to allow me the grace and privilege of helping others who are still hurting, and perhaps to offer a piece of education, awareness and action to our world.”
Judd concluded the essay with a call to action. She encouraged the readers to be unafraid to speak out against sexual abuse saying: “We have much to discuss, and much action to take. Join me.”
Last Monday, Judd told MSBNC’s Thomas Roberts that she will be taking legal action against each Twitter user who sent her abusive messages.
— Hardball (@hardball) March 20, 2015
“Everyone needs to take responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to exist,” she said.
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