New Delhi, January 31, 2017:Â Hollywood actor Ashley Judd who is in India as a part of the World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls initiative, spoke at length about gender discrimination, and said that she too has been a victim of sexual harassment.
â€œI was molested when I was 7 years old. I was raped at 14, and then I was raped in 1998. Itâ€™s a miracle that I wasnâ€™t trafficked,â€ she said. The 48-year-old has been in India for the last one week as a part of the initiative. At the press conference, the actor sported mehendi on her right palm, and greeted everyone with a Namaste. At the end of her five-minute speech, she spoke in Hindi and urged everyone to rise against sexual exploitation, and decriminalising of prostituted women and girls. â€œAb samjhauta nahi,â€ she said.
Hollywood has often been accused of discriminating against women. Ashley shared, â€œ There is a big pay gap in Hollywood, because of gender discrimination, and my life time earnings are 40 % less than what I should have earned, had there been pay equality in the industry.â€