In the upcoming documentary “Jagged” Alanis Morissette has declared that she was a victim of statutory rape and that her attempts to speak up about it "fell on deaf ears." The documentary will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian musician revealed that it took a lot of time to her to acknowledge what happened in her life. "It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,"
The singer explained, "I would always say I was consenting, and then I'd be reminded like 'Hey, you were 15, you're not consenting at 15.' Now I'm like, 'Oh yeah, they're all pedophiles. It's all statutory rape.'"According to People, back in 2008 the age of consent in Canada was raised from 14 to 16. However, there is a "close-in-age" exemption that legalizes sex between teens within five years difference "to avoid inadvertently criminalizing consensual sexual activity between young people."
Alanis Morissette did not reveal the names of her abusers but what she did say is that she told this to some people and no one did a thing. “I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” the singer revealed. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
While some people may wonder why the singer has waited 30 years to speak up, she has her thoughts clear. “You know a lot of people say 'why did that woman wait 30 years? And I'm like f—k off," she said. "They don't wait 30 years. No one was listening or their livelihood was threatened or their family was threatened."She added, "The whole 'why do women wait' thing? Women don't wait. Our culture doesn't listen."
Sadly, this is not the first time that Alanis Morissette talks about abuse. Last year she reflected on how almost every woman in the music industry has been assaulted, harassed, raped," and that this is "ubiquitous — more in music, even, than film.” adding that if women “dare” to speak up all of them would "face the threat of losing their job, reputation, or not being believed."
She also declared that her reluctance on speaking about allegations at this point was in part out of concern for her family. “Me not telling specific information about my experience as a teenager was almost solely around wanting to protect my parents, protect my brothers, protect future partners.”
While we wait for the upcoming premiere of the 'Jagged' documentary, it has been reported by various sources that Alanis Morissette will not be attending the event. The reasons have not been revealed but there is a rumor circulating that she did not like the final result. "Of course, I wish Alanis could be there. It was a privilege to make this film and I'm really proud of it," the film's director Alison Klayman said. "Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events."