Jena Malone is speaking out for survivors of sexual assault by sharing her own experiences.
The Hunger Games actor recently opened up in a post to her Instagram about being sexually assaulted during the filming of the final movie in the series, Mockingjay Part II. Malone shared a photo of herself in a field near Paris in 2015, writing in the caption about her journey of healing.
"This time in Paris was extremely hard for me, [I] was going thru a bad break up and also was sexually assaulted by someone I had worked with," she said.
Malone played Johanna Mason in the franchise. She continued to say that while it was a difficult time in her life, she still feels grateful for her part in The Hunger Games and the relationships she formed with her castmates. Malone also noted that she's working to associate her achievements in the series with feelings of joy.
"I was so full of gratitude for this project, the people I became close with and this amazing part I got to play," she wrote. "A swirling mix of emotions I'm only now just learning to sort thru. I wish it wasn’t tied to such a traumatic event for me but that is the real wildness of life."
Malone added: "It’s been hard to talk about the hunger games and Johanna Mason without feeling the sharpness of this moment in time but I’m ready to move thru it and reclaim the joy and accomplishment I felt."
Though Malone said she does not intend to reveal the identity of her assaulter and that she is not pursuing legal action, she wrote that she has "worked very hard to heal and learn thru restorative justice." She explained that an important part of her healing journey has been "to make peace with the person who violated me and make peace with myself."
The actor finished her post with a message of solidarity to other survivors of sexual assault, writing: "Lots of love to you survivors out there. The process is so slow and non linear."
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