Ashley Judd reads moving letter to assault survivors: ‘Healing, damn it, is our birthright’

Ashley Judd reads moving letter to assault survivors: ‘Healing, damn it, is our birthright’

Taking the stage during the Tribeca Film Festival’s Time’s Up panel on Saturday afternoon, Ashley Judd shared a personal letter she wrote to survivors of sexual assault.

“We can heal. That has been my experience,” she began during a conversation with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke. “We may not know, admittedly, how to or even from what we need to heal. It may be the event itself or vivid or dull memories of it, and it is entirely plausible that we don’t even remember the event.”

Calling up one of her own memories, Judd spoke of “a police record of a time I was sexually assaulted in high school. I was wearing a green-and-gold cheerleader uniform, my mother tells me. It was in a local store a

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