I was molested at 7 and raped at 14, says Hollywood actor Ashley Judd

Ashly Judd addressed the media sporting a mehendi on her right palm and started by greeting Namaste

I was molested at 7 and raped at 14, says Hollywood actor Ashley Judd

Hollywood actor and activist Ashly Judd on Monday shocked the audience of World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls initiative in Delhi saying she was sexually assaulted during her childhood and talked about gender discrimination in length.

“I was molested when I was 7 years old. I was raped at 14, and then I was raped in 1998. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t trafficked,” Judd said. The 48-year-old actor has been in India for the last one week as part of the initiative. She addressed the media sporting a mehendi on her right palm and started by greeting Namaste. To the end of her speech, she spoke in Hindi and urged everyone to rise against sexual exploitation and decriminalising of sex workers and girls. “Ab samjhauta nahi,” Judd 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.

Hollywood has often been criticised for discrimination against women, Ashley said: “ 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.”