Canadian singer Alanis Morissette disclosed that when she was 15 years old, she was raped by several men in Canada. The artist made the revelation in the documentary about her life and career “Jagged” Directed by Alison Klayman and performed by HBO, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that there was some kind of victimization on my part,” said Morissette (47), who explained that the event occurred when he was beginning to be popular as a television star and in the music industry.
“He always told me that I had consented, and then someone would remind me: ‘Hey, you were 15 years old, you couldn’t give your consent.’ Now I think: ‘Yes, they were all pedophiles, it’s a violation of a minor.’ Morissette also assured that she was pressured by the music industry not to say publicly what had happened to her. “I told some people about it and it fell on deaf ears,” he said. And although now he dared to reveal it, he did not identify the authors of the attack.
The singer also referred to the questions that are often made to women who let many years pass to reveal that they were abused. “Fuck them,” she said annoyed and added: “Women don’t wait, our culture doesn’t listen to them.” In his specific case, Morissette explained that he did not say anything until now, so as not to cause concern in his family.
“The fact that I did not share specific information about my experience as a teenager was almost solely because I wanted to protect: protect my parents, protect my siblings, protect future partners,” he concluded.
As reported The Washington Post -who had access to the documentary-, the singer did not attend the premiere of “Jagged” for unspecified reasons. The American media also speculates that Morissette would not be satisfied with the production. When asked about the absence of the artist at the premiere of the documentary, Klayman said:
“Of course I wish Alanis could be here. It was a privilege to make this film and I am very proud of it. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events.”
Alanis Morissette achieved international success with the album Jagged Little Pill released in 1995 which sold 33 million copies worldwide. He has recorded seven subsequent albums and won seven Grammy Awards throughout his career. The singer has been married to the rapper since 2010. Mario Souleye Treadway, with whom he has three children.