Helen Mirren Oscar-winner confess being date-raped

September 2nd, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Oscar-winning 63 years old actress Helen Mirren has confessed she experienced date-raped when she was young.

Helen Mirren ConfessesAt an interview with GQ magazine, Mirren spoke about her own experiences that herself been date-raped several times in her late teens and early 20s. The actress also admitted that she used cocaine and quit in the early 1980s.

“I was (date raped), yes. A couple of times. Not with excessive violence, or being hit, but rather being locked in a room and made to have sex against my will.” said the actress without mentioning the attackers.

Suggested that women who are date-raped should not expect their attackers to be charged.

Mirren also said further date-rape is a “tricky area” and “one of the subtle parts of the men/women relationship that has to be negotiated and worked out between them.”

Angry reactions from anti-rape campaigners in the U.K. drawn from her comment. Katie Russell from the Rape Crisis Federation of England and Wales said

“Helen’s comments are not only disappointing, but unhelpful and dangerous,” …. “In practice, only a tiny minority of women report to the police and this is in part because they fear not being believed or find themselves blamed for their experiences. Attitudes such as those attributed to Helen Mirren only serve to exacerbate this situation.”

Mirren complimented that ladies are now standing up for themselves better than ever.

“I love the fierceness of young girls nowadays, and the way they just say f**k off, because I wish I’d been taught to say f**k off when I was younger. I wish I’d had those words in my arsenal of self-defense.”

Russell add that because rape is a problem in society for quite long,

“on the one hand, Helen Mirren’s willingness to talk publicly about her experiences should be welcomed. At the same time, her apparent attitudes are a perfect illustration of why widespread education about the realities of sexual violence is desperately needed.” said Russell.

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