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Natalie Portman was 13 when sent 'rape fantasy' fan mail

Natalie Portman was 13 when sent 'rape fantasy' fan mail

Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Lesley Ann Warren and Marcia Gay Harden all joined Portman in Los Angeles, while Jane Fonda, Chloe Grace Moretz and Common marched in Park City, Utah while attending Sundance Film Festival.

Portman joined hundreds of thousands of women at marches across the USA on the anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.

"Every single day, your job as an American citizen is not just to fight for your rights, but it is to fight for the right of every individual that is taking a breath, whose heart is pumping and breathing on this earth". The anger was more visible this year after a spate of revelations of sexual abuse against women, the #MeToo campaign and a widespread movement against sexual conduct among those in power.

Scarlett Johansson on Saturday said, "I want my pin back, by the way", alluding to Globe victor James Franco who wore the Time's Up pin at the awards, but was later accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

However she added it was the only way she believed her voice could be heard, and that at 13, "the message from our culture" was clear to her.

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"In 1877, America put laws in place called the Jim Crow laws", and they "restricted the rights of quadroons, octoroons, blacks, Hispanics, Malays ... they restricted medical, relationships, education", and in essence, "they restricted life". "It told us that we were less than and it came on the heels of the 13th amendment". Without naming him (but confirmed by her representative later), she said: "How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?"

She has been a strong female voice in the Time's Up movement. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me. "If you are a woman of color and you are raped beefore the age of 18, then you are 66% percent more likely to be sexually assault again". They are coming out of the foster care system, they are coming out of poverty.

"I adore them and need them more and more every day".

"Nothing and no one can be great without a cost", she said. She played a young lady who become friends with a hired gunman with expectations of avenging the murder of her folks, she said.

She finished by saying her hope for the future is that we "never go back", and reminding the crowd that marching isn't enough - that we all must "keep it rolling" when we go home.