Alanis Morissette said her rape ordeal was always brushed off when she told people (Picture: WireImage)
Alanis Morissette has revealed for the first time that she was raped by several men when she was just 15 years old.
The 47-year-old singer stars in a new documentary about the making of her iconic album, Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995.
At one point, the conversation turned to Alanis’ childhood in the 1980s when she made the upsetting revelation.
According to the Washington Post, the Canadian singer said: ‘It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimisation on my part.
‘I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like “Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15”, Now I’m like, “Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape”.’
In 2008, the age of consent was raised from 14 to 16 while the Government also passed a bill to create a close-in-age exemption for sex between 14-15 year olds and partners less than five years older. It also kept an existing close-in-age clause for sex between 12-13 year olds and partners less than two years older.
Alanis did not name the men who sexually assaulted her or their names.
The making of Alanis’ iconic album Jagged Little Pill will feature in the HBO documentary (Picture: Getty Images)
Sharing whether she told anyone of the abuse, Alanis explained: ‘I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears. It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.’
The HBO documentary, titled Jagged, is set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival but it’s said that Alanis will not be in attendance despite her participation in the film. It’s suggested the singer had a dispute with the filmmakers but director Alison Klayman refused to delve into the issue, speaking only highly of the singer.
‘Of course I wish Alanis could be there. It was a privilege to make this film and I’m really proud of it. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events,’ Alison told the publication.
HBO’s Jagged will chart the unprecedented success of Alanis’ third studio album, which sold 33million copies, while also reliving the accompanying tour.
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Jagged Little Pill cleaned up at the Grammys, winning the coveted album of the year and best rock album. Its hit single, You Oughta Know, won best rock song and best female rock vocal performance. The single was also nominated for song of the year but lost out.
The track Ironic received a nod for record of the year and best music video, short form, in 1997.
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