Reese Witherspoon describes how victims of sexual violence affected her: “I found it really hard to sleep’

Reese Witherspoon is to explain why she had to speak out about being sexually abused by a director.


In a candid discussion hosted by Oprah, a number of celebrities sat down to talk about the Time is motion, and Reese Witherspoon opened up about why she recently spoke out about being sexually abused by a director.

Witherspoon said that it was difficult to talk about the incident that took place when she was 16.

“I have my own experiences that come back to me very clearly, and I found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate,” said Witherspoon. “A lot of the feelings that I have with [fear], and to be honest, the blame for not speaking earlier or taking action, true disgust of the driver who attacked me when I was 16 years old and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers that made me feel that silence was a condition of my work. And I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but unfortunately, it was not.”

Witherspoon was accompanied by Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes and more to discuss what they want to see change as a result of numerous sexual assault claims in Hollywood.

The chat was filmed for CBS “Sunday Morning” and will air Jan. 14.

The “Wrinkle in Time” actress said that she’s done is remain silent.

“As you can see I am very emotional about it, but I’ll go back,” she told Oprah. “Someone sent me this Elie Wiesel quote that said,” Silence helps the tormentors. It does not help the tormented, and neutrality helps the oppressor not the oppressed.’ And there are times that you need to evaluate whether the silence is going to be your only option, and in certain times that was our only option, but now is not the time for it.”

Fox Reporter and FOX411 host, Diana Falzone covers celebrity news and interviews with some of today’s top celebrities and newsmakers. You can follow her on Twitter @dianafalzone.

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