Amy Schumer: ‘Talking About My Rape Ordeal Helps Other Victims’
Amy Schumer was raped while she slept.
The Trainwreck star recently told Marie Claire that her first sexual experience wasn’t consensual, and also opened up about it in her new memoir, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. On Tuesday’s edition of Howard Stern’s show, she revealed even more about her experiences with abusive boyfriends.
And she told the host she thinks it’s important to talk about rape, so victims don’t feel so alone.
“It’s made me feel less alone when other women have come forward about being sexually assaulted,” she said. “It’s not this perfect rape. People, they want you to have been raped perfectly, and they want you to be a perfect victim. People hear me say that (I was raped in my sleep) and they go, ‘No, she’s like a slut’, and ‘I bet she knew’ – like, right away, you start doubting.
“We’re so critical and it makes victims really not wanna speak up, and so I think it’s me saying, ‘Look, I didn’t have a perfect rape.'”
She also recalled being in an abusive relationship in her 20s – and actually fearing for her life.
“At first I would get hurt by accident,” she told Stern. “It would be like he’d grab me too hard and then I’d get a bad bruise, or he’d, like, push me a little and I’d like fall into something and get a worse injury, and these things I could kind of excuse.
“Then it just hit me like a ton of bricks: ‘He’s going to kill me eventually, and I need to get out of here’… I did it for my little sister. I just thought, ‘I cannot do this to her. I can’t let her get this phone call.'”