Rosario Dawson also said she witnessed sexual abuse a lot in the workplace. 1
“When I saw it in the workplace, it wasn’t foreign to me,” she said. “It was like, well, that even happens within family. It happens with people that are supposed to take care of you when you’re a child.” She went on to add how the cycle of abuse and sexual violence needs to end now. “We don’t have to keep passing this on. This is archaic and terrible and destructive. Let’s look at it.”
Bella Thorne opened up about being sexually abused a child. 2
“I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14 … when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it,” she captioned a photo on Instagram. “All dam night. Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again. Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did. But some of us aren’t as lucky to get out alive. Please today stand up for every soul mistreated. #timesup.”
Salma Hayek opened up about being sexually harassed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 3
Weeks after the allegations against the movie mogul were made in 2017, Salma penned a powerful essay for the New York Times that revealed her own gritty experience with Weinstein. The Mexican actress referred to him as her “monster” in the piece and opens up about the abuse and the harassment she had to endure from him while creating the bio-pic Frida. “He had said yes [when he took on Frida]. Little did I know it would become my turn to say no,” Salma wrote. “No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. Not to getting naked with another woman. No, no, no, no …” Apparently Weinstein also threatened to kill her at one point if she didn’t cooperate.
Roberto Cavazos told a terrifying story about Kevin Spacey. 5
"I myself had a couple of unpleasant encounters with Spacey that were on the edge of being considered assault," wrote the Mexican actor on his Facebook page. The incidents happened while he worked at London's Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was the director. "There are many of us who have a 'Kevin Spacey story.' It seems like you only needed to be a man under 30 for him to feel free to touch us. It was so common that it turned into a (very bad) joke amongst us."
He went on to say that sexual harassment is also common practice in the Mexican entertainment industry.
America Ferrera was sexually assaulted when she was a little girl. 6
It was a heartbreaking reminder that sexual abuse happens at home as well. "First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9 years old," the actress wrote. "I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man," she wrote on Instagram and call to all of us to talk about our experiences and "break the silence."
Actress Karla Souza has also revealed her experiences without naming names. 7
The How to Get Away With Murder Mexican actress said she left her country because of the prevailing sexual harassment culture against women. "Many actresses in Mexico don't feel it's safe to talk about this. They don't feel they will be protected like in America, and fear they will lose their jobs," she said in a radio interview.
Lupita Nyong'o shared the details of her encounter with Weinstein and it's heartbreaking. 8
Harvey led me into a bedroom--his bedroom--and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.
She has managed to have a flourishing career never working with him, but we wonder how many aspiring actresses said no and were blacklisted, or how many felt forced to say yes.
Jenni Rivera wrote in her book 'Unbreakable' of rape and other tragic experiences. 9
Among the horrible stories were some of sexual harrassment in the music industry. Her own mom, Doña Rosa, recalled a time when a music promoter told Jenni after hiring her to do a concert: "I will pay you $300, but you have to sleep with me first."
Cynthia Klitbo confirmed Kate del Castillo's story. 11
The TV Azteca actress talked about how she saw the same kinds of situations the Netflix actress described while she worked for Televisa. She also said that she herself never ended up in compromising situations because she wasn't seen as the "hot one."
Adrienne Bailon Houghton also told her own story. 12
"I even experienced an executive that would kiss me on the lips," she said on her talk show The Real. "It consistently happened to the point where I was like, 'This ain’t cool, man.' Now he knows I’m not going to say anything. Which is not OK."
Natalia Tellez has been very open about the culture of harassment in the Mexican entertainment industry. 13
The Mexican TV and radio host has been very open about sexual harassment in the Mexican entertainment industry. On July 17, 2017, Tellez talked about how one of her colleagues on Televisa's morning show Hoy accosted her on live TV.
Tania Reza was hosting the Televisa show 'A toda máquina' when a colleague touched one of her breasts. 14
Although she complained, he did it again. When Reza left the segment while on camera, he just said she was "hormonal." The episode provoked a Twitter storm which, crazy enough, ended up getting her and her abuser fired.
Actress Natalia Oreiro revealed how she was abused while working in Colombia. 15
Oreiro revealed that while filming a scene, Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría grabbed her bra, instead of her blouse, what he was supposed to do while filming the series Lynch. "I felt horrible," she admitted. Perugorría allegedly apologized, but nothing else was done about it.
Mexican sport commentator Rebeka Zebrekos says she was forced to leave her job on TV Azteca. 16
The reason? She refused to show up in bikini to talk about soccer, among other things. She told her story in August 2017 and is fighting in court.
Angélica Aragón came out with her own story. 18
Angélica Aragón revealed that she was a victim of abuse when she was a child. "When I was 8 years old a lived through sexual assault," she told reporters. "In third grade. Fortunately, the teacher next door was his wife of this old ma and so she came in at that moment."
Maya Zapata said she'll be ready to tell her full story when its time. 19
Maya, who will be taking on the role of Selena Quintanilla in the upcoming bio-series, shared that she was raped when she was six years old. "Eventually, when I talk about this, I'll share my journey, not to place myself in the position of a victim, but as a survivor," she told Mexican publication Reforma.
Rosie Rivera kept her abuse a secret from her family for years. 20
She released her book, My Broken Pieces: Mending the Wounds From Sexual Abuse Through Faith, Family and Love, in 2016, where she opened up about the abuse she suffered at eight years old by sister Jenni Rivera's ex-husband, Jose Marin.