Ashley Judd pens essay against sexual violence
Ashley Judd has penned a powerful essay condemning online threats of sexual violence after she was trolled for posting her views on a university basketball game.
The 46-year-old actress was subjected to a torrent of abuse, including rape threats, after claiming on Twitter that the University of Arkansas were "playing dirty" when they took on her old college, the University of Kentucky, on Sunday (15.03.15), which has led to her penning her disgust over the incident.
The essay, entitled 'Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass', documents the brunette beauty's own experience of sexual abuse and incest as a youngster and the nine-year journey to recovery that followed.
In a piece published on MIC.com, she wrote: "The volume of hatred that exploded at me in response was staggering.
"Tweets rolled in, calling me a ****, a w***e or a b****, or telling me to suck a two-inch d***. Some even threatened rape, or 'anal anal anal'.
"I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery.
"What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet. (sic)"
Before releasing the essay, the 'Divergent' actress appeared on MSNBC and insisted she was pressing charges against anyone who sent her abusive messages.
Speaking to Thomas Roberts earlier this week, Ashley said: "I am pressing charges.
"Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to exist."