Ac­tress tells of daugh­ter’s sex as­sault on the Tube

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

AC­TRESS Dame Emma Thomp­son has re­vealed that her daugh­ter was sex­u­ally as­saulted on a Lon­don Un­der­ground train last year.

Thomp­son, 59, said her hus­band Greg Wise’s daugh­ter Gaia was 17 at the time.

Thomp­son told the Daily Ex­press: “My daugh­ter had the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing felt up on the Tube and felt very ner­vous about go­ing out and on the Tube for a long time af­ter­wards.

“She said the thing that up­set her most was not the act it­self but the fact that she felt cowed enough by it not to call him out. And I think that’s what we suf­fer as women most from is our shame at not be­ing able to say ‘Why are you do­ing that?’ We’re so shocked and un­der­mined by these ac­tions that we can’t turn around and take the ac­tion that we want, and that’s the thing that sits with us and sticks with us. Which is so un­just.”

The Academy award-win­ning star urged fe­male vic­tims of sex at­tacks to be less “un­kind, to them­selves too, whether they were able to de­fend them­selves or not”.

Thomp­son has pre­vi­ously spo­ken out about the Hol­ly­wood sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal, la­belling movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein a “preda­tor” and said that global move­ments such as £MeToo and Time’s Up had done great work in high­light­ing abuse and gen­der in­equal­ity.

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