The songwriter, guitarist and actress, Alanis Morissette, said for the first time that she suffered a multiple rape when she was 15 years old. He said it in the framework of a documentary about his life that this Monday was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The documentary Jagged, made by HBO, chronicles the artistic career of Alanis Morissette and shows unknown aspects about his private life. As reported The Washington Post, The artist recognizes in the documentary that it took her several years of therapy to come to terms with it.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that I had been a victim,” said the 47-year-old singer who was abused as she began to be popular as a television and music star by signing a contract with the record label MCA Canada. “He always told me that I had consented, and then someone would remind me: ‘Hey, you were 15 years old, you couldn’t give your consent.’ Now I think: ‘Yes, they were all pedophiles, it is a rape of a minor.’
The artist did not name any of her alleged abusers, but clarifies that she did ask for help from some people who “turned a deaf ear.” “Usually it was a time when they got up and left the room,” recalled the singer of hits como You Oughta Know, Hand in My Pocket, Ironic that she was also pressured by the music industry not to tell publicly what she had suffered as a teenager.
The singer explained that she did not count this event as part of the movement Me Too, which emerged in 2017. Alanis, expressed that it is unfair for people to question why these types of accusations were not expressed before.
“A lot of people say, ‘Why did that woman wait 30 years?’ Fuck off, “said Alanis, very angry. “They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening or his livelihood was threatened or his family was threatened, “he explained. And then he affirmed that those who question women for taking time to recognize that they were abused should understand a reality: “Women do not wait, our culture does not listen to them.”
In this way, the interpreter who achieved international success with Jagged Little Pill, the album released in 1995 and which sold some 33 million copies, showed herself in a new stage of her life, telling her life story with total frankness. Last year, he had already told the Sunday Times that “Almost all women in the music industry have been attacked, harassed, raped”. What’s more, noted that this type of situation occurs more in music than in cinema.
The seven-time Grammy winner stated that her reluctance to tell these facts was due in part to concern for her family members: parents, protect my siblings, protect future partners ”.
Alanis Morissette decided not to participate in the premiere of the documentary that was directed by Alison Klayman. The reason is that she would be unhappy with the production.