“I always told myself that it was consensual, but then I remembered ‘Hey, you were 15 years old, you don’t give your consent when you are 15 years old.’ Now I say: they were all pedophiles. It is a violation of minors.” This is how the singer Alanis Morissette confesses that she was the victim of a multiple rape when she was 15 years old and a minor. He tells it in a documentary called Jagged, produced by HBO and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 47-year-old Canadian denounces that at the time she did not receive understanding or help.
“I had to do years of therapy to admit that there had been some victimization on my part,” he explains. “I told some people, but they turned a deaf ear.” He has not wanted to reveal the identity of the rapists, but he does point to the pressure he has received from the industry not to make the names public.
Alanis Morissete recounts the abuse she suffered
The artist also explains in the documentary the reasons why she did not say it before: “The fact that I did not tell specific information about my experience as a teenager was because I wanted to protect: protect my parents, protect my siblings, protect the future couples “.
Thus, she encourages victims like her not to panic and tell about it. “You know that a lot of people say: Why did that woman wait 30 years? And I say ‘fuck it’. They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening. Her livelihood was threatened or her family was threatened.”
The singer already claimed that there were abuses in the music industry
“Almost all women in the music industry have been assaulted, harassed, abused. It is omnipresent. More in music, even, than in cinema,” she stated in an interview in April 2020. “It is only a matter of time before all those stories begin to become known, “he added, and indeed one of those stories is his.
In fact, he spoke like this about the victims: “In the first place, they never wait. Second, victims face the threat of losing their job, their reputation, or not being believed. At best, it’s swept under the rug. At worst, she is reprimanded or fired. “