Sandra Bullock Reveals Was Sexually Harassed as a Teen
The ‘Gravity’ actress says she first experienced harassment at 16, claiming that she couldn’t speak out until now because ‘up until recently it was the victim who was shamed, not the perpetrator.’
Sandra Bullock has become the latest Hollywood A-lister to open up about sexual harassment, revealing she was a teenage victim. The “Gravity” star tells InStyle magazine she was 16 when she first experienced harassment, admitting she felt she couldn’t speak out because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.
The actress reveals her own experiences inspired her to donate $500,000 (GBP368,000) to the Time’s Up movement at the beginning of the year. “It’s easy to give money to people who are incredibly brave and outspoken,” she tells the magazine. “But Time’s Up is not just about the actors – it’s about the single mom who’s been abused, bullied, and sexually harassed and is just trying to make every day safe.”
“I also love All Raise, which has partnered with Time’s Up to help close the gap on funding for women and minorities in technology. It’s our duty to do whatever we can to help. I can safely say there is not one person I know who hasn’t experienced some form of (harassment) or doesn’t know someone (it’s happened to),” she adds.
She goes on sharing, “It happened to me when I was 16. And you’re paralyzed to a degree, thinking, ‘Will anyone believe me?’ And at that time? No. Up until recently it was the victim who was shamed, not the perpetrator.”
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