During the debut episode of her brand new podcast, “We Can’t Talk About That Right Now,” actress Jessie Cave — who fans may recognize as Lavender Brown from the Harry Potter series — revealed that at 14 years old, she was a victim of sexual assault.
Along with her younger sister, Bebe Cave, the 33-year-old remembered her alleged rape as the two discussed who had the harder childhood.
“I mean, come on, I was raped,” she said. “To be fair, acne and braces are bad, but I think rape at 14 is pretty bad. By your tennis coach, who you trusted, [in] a position of power.”
Jessie added, “I was fit and I was very able with a tennis ball. But I was still taken advantage of, and he was sent to jail, so it’s fine.”
During the candid conversation, Jessie explained that because of this past experience, she had “had a completely different adolescence” compared to her sister.
“There are still consequences from that period of time that I’m only realizing 18-years later,” she added.
Concluding the conversation, Jessie said that her rape didn’t “destroy” her.
“I think that’s something that people don’t talk about enough with sexual abuse and trauma,” she said. “There are some people that are OK after, there are some people that do use it and find a way of living with it and definitely are not defined by it.”
Following the podcast’s release, Jessie took to Instagram and explained her comments further.
“I am not a victim and was not defined by what happened as a girl. I am OK and I can talk about it, even laugh about it, carry it with me and use it. I have done so extensively and publicly in past writing, my show Sunrise for example, even talked about it on other people’s podcasts about mental health and love. I bring it up casually (without trigger warnings because I forget and don’t really understand them) because it’s just a part of me and has been for over half of my life,” she wrote alongside a selfie.
If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.
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