Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has reported that when she was 15 years old, she suffered a multiple rape. This testimony is part of the documentary Jagged produced by HBO and directed by Alison Klayman and just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Morissette tells in the first person, the violent episode he suffered as a teenager when he began his popular musical career.
“I had to do years of therapy to admit that there had been some victimization on my part,” says the Canadian in the documentary. “I always told myself that it was consented, but then I remembered ‘Hey, you were 15 years old, you do not give your consent when you are 15 years old.’ Now I say: they were all pedophiles. It is a violation of minors,” Alanis Morissette has revealed in the film.
However, the singer has not revealed the names of the rapists, but says that she has been pressured, by the music industry, to prevent Morissette from publicly recounting the rape. Likewise, she has also said that at the time she said that she had been raped they ignored her. “I told some people, but they turned a deaf ear,” the singer confessed.
Moreover, he also says that if he did not report in his day it was to protect his family. “The fact that I did not share specific information about my experience as a teenager was because I wanted to protect: protect my parents, protect my siblings, protect future partners,” argues Morissette.
In addition, he has exposed the reason why we are now hearing cases that happened years ago. “You know that a lot of people say: Why did that woman wait 30 years? And I say ‘fuck it’. They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening. Her livelihood was threatened or her family was threatened.” This testimony is added to the infinite cases that have been made public in recent years thanks to the ‘#Metoo’ movement.