Amy Schumer got honest with Oprah Winfrey about the time she lost her virginity — and unfortunately, it wasn’t a positive experience. Schumer told Oprah during an episode of OWN’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast and online video series. The comedian previously described the incident as "gray-area rape," and Schumer considers the experience as sexual assault, as she didn’t consent to the situation and it shows that it’s not always easy for victims to speak up.
"I personally, I feel like I lost my virginity through rape. I didn’t consent," she told Winfrey during SuperSoul Conversations, explaining that she was asleep when her boyfriend at the time penetrated her. "We hadn’t discussed it. We weren’t there in our relationship. We weren’t at that moment."
The comedian explained that she’s previously referred to "gray-area rape" as "grape" during her standup sets. She said in the interview that her then-boyftiend thought the sex was consensual. Schumer also explained that she felt like she "had to comfort him" following the incident. Schumer told Winfrey,
During the conversation, Schumer and Winfrey also addressed how when people hear the word "rape," there can be assumptions about stranger danger, or people waiting in alleyways. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 25 percent of sexual assaults are committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
Schumer said to Winfrey,
In addition to mentioning "grape" during her standup, Schumer has also alluded to the incident in a 2016 interview with Marie Claire, as Refinery29 pointed out. During that interview, Schumer said of the experience,
It’s not always easy for survivors of sexual assault to speak up, and Schumer should be commended for sharing her experience. Situations like the one she described are never acceptable, whether they happen with strangers or people in a relationship. And if the response to the #MeToo movement has proved anything, it’s that sexual misconduct is all too common. Other celebrities have spoken up about their experiences and said, "Me too." It’s brave of people like Schumer to come forward about their experiences, and now it’s time for others to listen.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.
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