For Rosario Dawson, The #MeToo Movement’s Fight Against Sexual Harassment Is Personal

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Rosario Dawson opened up about being raped and molested as a child in a recent interview with the podcast “Morado Lens.”

On last week’s episode of the Latina feminist podcast, the Puerto Rican-Cuban actress discussed #MeToo, a growing movement against the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and how these behaviors, while illegal and disturbing, were also normalized because of the abuse she had experienced in her youth.

“I was raped and molested as a child, so for me the world was like that since I was a child,” Dawson told hosts Nathalie Farfan and Cindy Rodriguez. “So when I saw it at the workplace, it wasn’t foreign to me. It was like, well, that even happens within family. It happens with people that are supposed to take care of you when you’re a child.”

While the “Cesar Chavez” star said she had previously taken action against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, she also noted that the problem had been “insidious” for decades, and that the brave actors and actresses coming forward are helping others recognize that industry leaders can no longer harass or conceal violence with immunity.

“We are now in a place where finally, like, we don’t have to keep passing this on. This is archaic, and terrible and destructive, and let’s look at it … I’m so ready for this moment,” the 38-year-old said.

Dawson, one of the many A-listers who supported the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, a new coalition of celebrities, agents and lawyers standing up against sexual violence in the workplace, also stated that the problem of sexual harassment has no gender.

“This is a patriarchal world, so women particularly have had to deal with a certain sort of brunts and what that looks like with discrimination, but, regardless of the numbers, across the board, people are being harassed and abused because of power. It’s not just this sort of binary man-woman thing,” she said, adding that there are many cases of young boys who are also abused in Hollywood.

The actress-producer, however, is hopeful that the #MeToo movement and younger generations’ acceptance of one another’s identities will bring about a better future for the industry.

“There is a cultural shift that is happening right now, and the agreement that we agreed to before just doesn’t make any sense. They haven’t made any sense for a long time,” she said.


Catch the full interview over at “Morado Lens.”