“I think there are still consequences of this period of time that I only realize 18 years later. ”
Jessie Cave has revealed that she was raped at age 14 by her tennis coach.
The 33-year-old actress, who played Ron Weasley’s love interest Lavender Brown in the last three Harry Potter films, made the shocking revelation while chatting with her sister on her brand new podcast Thursday.
Almost half an hour after the pilot episode started, she and her sister Bebe were joking about who had the worst childhood, when Jessie casually mentioned, “Come on, I got raped. “
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“True, sure, but it’s a bit of an asset at this point, you’ve talked about it a bit too much,” her sister joked – despite the fact Jessie had never spoken about it in the public domain. .
“I have had braces for five years! She replied to her sister’s laughter.
“To be honest acne and braces are bad,” Jessie retorted, “but I think rape at 14 is pretty bad. By your trusted tennis coach, a position of power. “
Incredibly, they continued to laugh at the ordeal, Bebe even joking, “At least you were an athlete and you had good legs. “
“It’s true, I was in good shape and I was very capable with a tennis ball. But I was still taken advantage of, and he was sent to jail, so it’s okay. “
She went on to explain that she felt “lucky” to be a victim who was not destroyed by her rape – or defined by him.
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“My rape, I think, meant that I had a completely different teenage and early 20s than you, because in retrospect, I was still recovering and my sexual journey was a completely abnormal path to yours,” she says.
“I think there are still consequences of that period of time that I don’t realize until 18 years later, and in fact the more time I have to get away from it – it’s going to sound horrible – but I feel lucky enough. many ways that I had a rape that was actually… it didn’t destroy me. “
“I think it’s something that people don’t talk about enough with sexual abuse and trauma,” she added.
“There are people who are fine after, there are people who use it and find a way to live with it and are certainly not defined by it. “
Jessie admitted that although she had a worse adolescence, her sister was and still is in her twenties – due to Covid and the tragic loss of their brother.
Jessie was a national level player until her tennis career was cut short by injury at age 15.
The mother of two is currently expecting her third child with her partner Alfie Brown.
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