Rosario Dawson has been a strong supporter of #MeToo and Time’s Up and the actress has now revealed why the movements are so personal to her.
The 38-year-old discussed the ongoing sexual harassment scandal as she spoke to feminist podcast Morado Lens, admitting she was abused as a youngster so it didn’t come as a huge surprise to her that things like that also happen in the workplace.
Dawson explained: “I was raped and molested as a child, so for me, the world was like that since I was a child.”
She went on to tell hosts Cindy Rodriguez and Nathalie Farfan, “So when I saw it in the workplace, it wasn’t foreign to me. It was like, ‘well, that even happens within the family. It happens with people that are supposed to take care of you when you’re a child.’”
The candid chat also saw the actress open up about finding her 26-year-old cousin Vaneza Ines Vasquez unresponsive in her Venice home last year.
Dawson shared, “When Vaneza died, it was like, ‘oh my god, regardless of how well I’ve spent these years, I’ve already got 12 more years of life than Vaneza will ever have.’ And I think what it really did was give me back my gratitude.”
She added, “Whenever my moment comes, I wanna know that it’s been a good life. I don’t wanna be marinated in the upset ― because I have a lot of trauma and sadness to dwell on if I want to ― but there’s so much beauty and so many things to be grateful for. And I don’t want to waste my time not being dedicated to that.”
This isn’t the first time Dawson has opened up about her cousin’s tragic death, with her previously insisting “you just don’t know when your time is,” so to make the absolute most of every moment.