Alanis Morissette makes statutory rape claims in new documentary ‘Jagged’
Speaking in a new documentary, Alanis Morissette has said she was the victim of multiple statutory rapes as a teenager.
The documentary, Jagged, is screening at the Toronto film festival this week. The Washington Post has reported that Morissette describes the attacks during the film. “It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimisation on my part,” she says. “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 paedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.’”
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” the singer says in the documentary. “I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’” The legal age of consent in Canada is 16.
“Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape,’” she said.
Morissette did not reveal any identities of her alleged rapists. “I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” the singer also revealed. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
“The whole ‘why do women wait’ thing? Women don’t wait. Our culture doesn’t listen.”
Jagged was directed by Alison Klayman and will be broadcast by HBO following its TIFF premiere. The film looks back at the Canadian star’s life and career.
Last year, Morissette spoke about the importance of therapy in her life, saying: “If I didn’t have a whole team of therapists throughout my life, I don’t think I’d still be here.”