In South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd brings spirit of #MeToo

June 29, 2018 - 5:00 am

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd has a message for survivors of sexual assault in her first visit to South Sudan, where rape is used as a weapon in its five-year civil war.

"I see you, I love you and I'm here for you," she said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

The global ambassador for the U.N. Population Fund spoke with mothers in a shattered country where violence against women is said to be twice the global average.

Judd was among the first to come forward last year with allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. She is a prominent face of the #MeToo movement, helping women around the world combat sexual abuse.

While #MeToo gains momentum, many in conflict-affected countries like South Sudan still suffer in silence.

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