Jessica Chastain is a popular American actor and producer. Known for her work in films centering on feminism, she has bagged several accolades in her long-standing career. Having kicked off her Hollywood journey in 2004, the starlet has received a Golden Globe Award as well as two Academy Award nominations. Chastain has always been vocal about issues close to her heart including subjects related to gender pay disparity and women rights. She has now joined a list of renowned celebrities to have spoken up against the recent gang-rape incident in Pakistan, where two unarmed men sexually assaulted a Gujranwala-based woman in front of her two children.
A woman was gang raped in front of her kids and then blamed by the police. Victim blaming must end. I stand with the women in Pakistan who are coming together to raise awareness about rape culture and demand change. Down with this bullshit. https://t.co/I1aSAq2FRf
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) September 25, 2020
Chastain took to her Twitter handle and opposed the rape culture. Sharing her thoughts on the micro-blogging site, she wrote, “A woman was gang raped in front of her kids and then blamed by the police. Victim blaming must end. I stand with the women in Pakistan who are coming together to raise awareness about rape culture and demand change. Down with this bullshit.”
She retweeted BBC News’ story which showed women coming to the streets of different cities in Pakistan to protest against the horrific incident. Many took to the social media platform and lauded Chastain for raising her voice against such brutality. “Jessica, this is amazing, I’m so glad you use all your visibility to help women in need. you are too much, I am proud to be your fan, i want to become somebody like that someday,” wrote one user. Another added, “You are amazing. Thank you for this.” One user questioned, “2020 This has to stop. Why doesn’t the UN do something about this.” Two suspects have been taken into custody since the incident took place. However, the main culprit still remains at large. Here’s hoping more and more women come forward to speak up against assault and extortion.