Padma Lakshmi got here ahead as a rape survivor in 2018 amid the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court docket affirmation hearings that captivated the nation’s consideration.
In a brand new interview, the “Top Chef” star is opening up about her choice to return ahead about her personal trauma and revealed the way it nonetheless impacts her at present.
Lakshmi, 49, who’s gearing up for the premiere of her new Hulu present, “Taste the Nation,” revealed to Artful Living it was a tweet by President Trump that spurred her to return ahead together with her personal story. The tweet questioned why Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford waited years to return ahead together with her claims, she defined.
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“Sometimes your own survival — mental, physical, economic — propels you more than doing what’s right. It doesn’t mean that what happened to you is any less devastating or traumatic or completely life-altering. I know for a fact that I would have been much less insecure, that I would have conducted my life in a different way had that not happened to me,” Lakshmi informed the outlet. “I resented the president using the fact that she hadn’t come out before as evidence that it wasn’t actually true.”
The tv character mentioned she was “tired” of society inserting a person’s life at the next precedence than a girl’s.
“At that time, people were saying horrible things like, ‘You’re going to ruin a man’s life for something that happened when he was in high school?’ But what about her life? There’s not one day that you don’t think about it. It never goes away. It’s like an iron shackle on your soul,” Lakshmi mentioned.
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Lakshmi first revealed her previous rape as a teen in a New York Times op-ed. She mentioned she had been courting a 23-year-old man at age 16 for just a few months till he raped her on New Yr’s Eve. The 2 had gone to a few events earlier than returning to the person’s residence. She added that she was not intoxicated at the time and was carrying a long-sleeved black maxi gown that solely confirmed her shoulders.
Quick-forward to at present, Lakshmi mentioned society nonetheless treats rape “like it’s nothing serious” regardless of it being “the most serious of crimes.”
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“It is literally the murder of your innocence. Because once you are violated physically, you are never the same. You are never totally relaxed. You are never totally free in the way a person who hasn’t had that happen to them is,” Lakshmi mentioned. “There’s always this lingering fear in the back of your mind, even if it’s not conscious anymore, about every date you go on, about every person you’re interested in, that affects the way you move through the world at night, that affects the way you talk to your child about sexuality.”
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