I Experienced 'Sexual Terrorism' at 13: Natalie Portman While Attending the Women's March In LA

Updated On 21 Jan, 2018 Published On

The Thor actress Natalie Portman, 36, shared her awful experience of experiencing 'sexual terrorism' for the first time at the age of 13 from the fans and media after starring in her first film Leon: The Professional.

The two times Golden Globe Award-winner added how the incident made her feel the need to cover her body while addressing a crowd counted in thousands in Los Angeles for the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, for the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Natalie explained that she turned 12 on the sets of The Professional, in which she played the role of a young girl who befriended a hit man to avenge her parent's murders.

Video: Natalie Portman shares her experience of 'sexual terrorism' at 13 while attending Women's March in LA

The movie was released a year later, and she explained that she was very excited to open her first fan letter, but while she did so she found out that a man had written about a 'rape fantasy' he had about her.

A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with,

Natalie said. 

Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.

She further shared what she had to do in order for her to feel safe and be sure that her voice is being heard.

At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me. I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect. 

The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism.

Scarlett Johansson during the Women's March on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles

Scarlett Johansson during the Women's March on Saturday in downtown Los Angeles

Source: Daily Mail

Alongside Natalie, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Lesley Ann Warren and Marcia Gay Harden also addressed the crowd on Saturday.