The Movie Star has carried her stories since childhood and now it seems she feels comfortable to talk all about it.
Viola shares her terrible experiences with sexual harassment during a Up-front interview with PorterEdit, where she disclosed, “Not only do I have my own story, I have my own stories.”
“I am telling you, I have had men touch me in inappropriate ways throughout my childhood. I have had men follow me on any given day, and I am saying during the day, at one o’clock in the afternoon, and expose themselves to me,” the 52-year-old actress says. “I remember one day, when I was 27, waiting at the bus stop in Rhode Island for my niece to get out of pre-school. I was probably there 25 minutes, and I am not lying because I counted, 26 cars drove by with men in them who solicited me, harassed me, yelled at me, verbally abused me. Some of these men had baby seats in the back.”
“It makes you feel like crap, it makes you feel like, what would a childhood be if that were removed?” Davis wonders. “And it’s hard to separate that stain from who you are. You tattoo it on yourself. Those personal experiences have allowed me to feel compassion for the women who have spoken up.”
During the interview, Davis recognizes how inherent inequality kept #MeToo stories from breaking through before the Harvey Weinstein scandals, while still stressing the importance of community and openness the movement spurred.
“Recy Taylor came forward in 1944 when she was gang raped by six men in Alabama. Tarana Burke was the founder of the #MeToo movement in 2006,” Davis shares. “There are plenty of black women who have come forward. I don’t think people feel we deserve the same empathy. Or investment. We are not as valued. If the story weren’t coming out of Hollywood, and the predator wasn’t someone like Weinstein, I don’t think it would have gotten the spotlight [either].”
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