The Press Trust of India journalist reviews the memoir of Hollywood actress and feminist activist, Ashley Judd. She has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse suffered by her as a child at the hands of various men, including a family member, in her life story entitled All That Is Bitter and Sweet.
Judd was thrice a part of The 50 Most Beautiful People In The World list compiled by People Magazine, said her early life was peppered with incidents of abuse, including a rape attempt while she was modeling in Japan.
Judd says she still suffers from bouts of deep depression and explains in her book that she finally decided to get help for her emotional issues and checked herself into Shades of Hope rehab center in Texas. Judd writes that during her stay at the compound, her therapy sessions revealed suppressed memories of childhood incest suffered at the hands of a family member, although she does not name the relative.
The actress said that she wrote the book to encourage other abuse survivors to speak out without feeling shame. The book has already received words of support from her famous friends like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Morgan Freeman.
Family Dysfunction seems to be the hallmark of the famous Judd family. Just days after the release of Ashley Judd’s memoir All That Is Bitter and Sweet, her mother Naomi and older sister Wynonna are coming forward with their own revelations. Read Judd’s mother’s and sister’s response to her book HERE.
Many people who know Judd as an actress don’t know that she’s also a well-educated, human-rights activist. She majored in French and minored in anthropology, art history, theater and women’s studies. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard last year.
Judd has a long affiliation with the human-rights groups YouthAIDS and Women for Women International. She has visited programs in slums, brothels, schools, hospices, drop-in centers, and clinics in Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, India, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her book is based on diaries she kept while working with those and other organizations overseas.
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