Jane Fonda stuns fans after revealing she was sexually abused and raped as a child

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Jane Fonda visits the L'Oreal Make Up Studio during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival on February 8, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for L'Oreal Paris)

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Jane Fonda is ready to talk about her past.

In a new interview with Brie Larson for The Edit, Fonda opened up about “extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females” and revealed that she was once raped.

I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child, and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss,” she said. “I always thought it was my fault. That I didn’t do or say the right thing.”

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Fonda said that her dark past led her to become an activist for women’s rights. She is reportedly a proud supporter of the V-Day movement, which works to end violence against girls and women. She also opened the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Heath in 2001 which works to prevent teen pregnancy.

“I know young girls who’ve been raped and didn’t even know it was rape. They think, ‘It must have been because I said ‘no’ the wrong way,’” she added.

She said that she hopes that through her work, she can help abuse victims “realize that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated, and it’s not right.”

(h/t PEOPLE)

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