Jena Malone, best known for her role as Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games franchise, recently revealed in a heartfelt Instagram post that she was sexually assaulted while filming the final installment, Mockingjay Part 2. In the post, which features a photo of her in a field in France, Malone explained that she asked the driver to let her out so she could cry and capture the moment on camera. She went on to describe the emotional turmoil she was experiencing at the time, including a difficult breakup and the sexual assault by someone she had worked with.
Despite the trauma she endured, Malone expressed gratitude for the project and the friendships she formed while working on it, as well as the opportunity to portray the complex character of Johanna Mason. She also acknowledged the difficulty of talking about the Hunger Games without feeling the mark of that moment, but she is ready to move forward and reclaim the joy and achievements she had. Malone encouraged other survivors to reach out to her if they needed a safe space to talk and be heard.
Although Malone chose not to name her attacker, citing a desire to avoid contributing to victim culture and a lack of faith in the criminal justice system’s ability to bring healing, she did share her story as a way to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and the need for more support and resources for survivors. Her bravery in speaking out is a reminder of the importance of breaking the silence around sexual violence and creating a culture of empathy and support for survivors.
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