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Poorna Jagannathan: My first encounter with sexual violence was when I was 9

Pooran Jagannath said: "My first encounter with sexual violence was when I was 9. There was a family friend who got his hands on me."

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: April 8, 2015 10:56:37 am
Poorna Jagannathan, Poorna sexual violence, Poorna Jagannathan sexual violence Poorna Jagannathan said: “My first encounter with sexual violence was probably when I was 9. There was a neighbour and family friend who got his hands on me.

Poorna Jagannathan, actress, producer and daughter of a diplomat, has shared her horrific experiences of sexual abuse as a child and as a young adult. In a video, which is part of a series shot for a project with the World Bank, WEvolve, the “Delhi Belly” actress gave an emotional and powerful speech about how she had to deal with an alcoholic father and later suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend at the age of 9.

“My childhood was bit of a roller-coaster, it was a very privileged childhood, very fairy tale childhood, many aspects especially on paper. My father suffered from alcoholism. We were told to keep it under the wraps as much as possible,” Poorna said in the video.

Read: How well do you know ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘House of Cards’ actress Poorna Jagannathan?

“My first encounter with sexual violence was probably when I was 9. There was a neighbour and family friend who got his hands on me. He obviously told me not to tell anyone. “I have encountered so many incidents as a child and as a young adult. They were violent but I wouldn’t speak about it. There was a code that you wouldn’t talk about it,” the actress said adding that travelling in a bus in Delhi was a horror ride as a girl.

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Besides her movie roles, Poorna is also best known for initiating and producing the play “Nirbhaya” by Yael Farber which won the 2013 Amnesty International Award. Actresses like Kalki Koechlin and more recently Deepika Padukone and Somy Ali have spoken about sexual violence.

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