Why Angelina Jolie Speaks to All Her Kids About Sexual Violence
Angelina Jolie has spoken about her fight against sexual violence many times before, but she doesn't just want to walk the walk. The actress is doing her part to make sure the next generation is also equipped with knowledge of the topic, even when that means having tough conversations with all six of her children.
In a new Marie Claire interview, Jolie revealed that she speaks to her kids — 17-year-old Maddox, 15-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Shiloh, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — about the truth of sexual violence. Namely, that it's not just an issue concerning women.
"I don’t just speak to my daughters. I speak to them with their brothers," she said.
"That is maybe the first most important distinction. This is not just a problem for women, and the solution is working with women and men. And girls and boys. Not only are men and boys also victims of these crimes, but those who are perpetrating these crimes need to have other men remind them what it really is to be a man. A man with a healthy relationship to women. And all societies need to be clear about not tolerating this behavior."
Jolie's global initiative, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, focuses on stopping assaults and the social stigma surrounding survivors.
“Female and male survivors, and children born of this rape, are often treated as if they are the ones who have done something wrong,” she said. “They are rejected and stigmatized, while their attackers go unpunished. That’s what has to change, and breaking the taboo is part of that.”