Her tale of sexual abuse may not be entirely true, but she says it's "true for her"

Ashley Judd's head

Actress Ashley Judd is promoting her memoir, All That is Bitter and Sweet, where she details a "childhood in which she says she was exposed to drugs, weapons, and repeated sexual abuse," says writer Mary Elizabeth Williams from Salon:
"Judd has spent the last five years working on her past and her relationship to it. Unquestionably, no adult should try to put his tongue in a little girl's mouth. No child should be exposed to drugs and weapons. But Judd's admission that her memoir is "true for me" allows for an acknowledgment of the real trauma she's experienced while also making room in the narrative for other versions of events. Memory might not hold up in a court of law, but that doesn't matter much to a scarred heart, one that's suffering depression and a host of other hurts. And by admitting that, Judd's telling others that if it feels like abuse to you, it was abuse. And that's good enough."
Two versions of truth, then: personal, subjective truth is what is "true for me" and how you feel about a situation, while objective truth is what "really happened." Our problems, of course, are when these become confused.

Ashley Judd's body

- Ashley Judd's abuse doesn't need to be "accurate" - The actress says her tale of sexual abuse may not be entirely true -- but it's true to her, and that's what matters, Salon>>
- Ashley Judd: The Good Fight. Marie Claire>>

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