(The AEGIS Alliance) – Harry Potter actress Jessie Cave has revealed her tennis coach raped her when she was just 14 years old.
The now 33-year-old actress had played the role of Lavender Brown in the films who was Ron Weasley’s love interest. Jessie Cave spoke bravely in a podcast with her sister Bebe Cave about her experience.
In the podcast episode called “We Can’t Talk About That Right Now,” the two were talking about their journey from teenagers to adulthood and “who had it worse” when they were growing up.
After Jessie Cave revealed she had been raped, 23-year-old Bebe said, “That’s kind of a trump card,” then Jessie agreed and said, “I do pull it out a lot.”
Jessie continued, “I think rape at 14 is pretty bad. By your tennis coach, who you trusted, a position of power.” She mentioned that “I was fit and I was very able with a tennis ball. But I was still taken advantage of, and he was sent to jail.”
Jessie Cave said her rape means she “had completely different adolescence and early twenties’ than her sister.”
“In retrospect, I was still recovering and my sexual journey was a completely abnormal road to yours,” she said.
Jessie Cave then let it be known she’s aware that, “there are still consequences from that period of time that I’m only realising 18 years later.”
“The more time I have away from it, and this is going to sound awful, but I do feel quite lucky in so many ways that I had a rape that was actually… it didn’t destroy me,” She said.
“I think that’s something that people don’t talk about enough with sexual abuse and trauma. There are some people that are okay after, there are some people that do use it and find a way of living with it and definitely are not defined by it,” Jessie Cave concluded.
Jessie Cave was cast to play the role of Lavender Brown in the film in the series title, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as the result of a 2007 open casting call, she managed to beat out more than 7,000 other girls who showed up to audition for the role.
Jessie Cave used to swim at the county-level and was a national level tennis player before she became injured and then retired.
Ron gets involved in a brief relationship with Lavender that lasts for several months in both the film and the book to try and make Hermione jealous.
Lavender is killed by a Greyback in the film, “The Deathly Hallows Part 2,” unlike what happens in the book.
Jessie Cave has appeared in some West End productions roles and also performs comedy routines around London.
Jessie Cave and fellow comedian Alfie Brown have a son and daughter together and they’re expecting to have a third child.
You can watch the part where the conversation starts here on YouTube:
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