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’13 Reasons Why’ star Alisha Boe hits back at slut-shamers

You go, girl!

Ever since 13 Reasons Why hit Netflix and exploded into every facet of our lives, it’s created a lot of heated discussion.

While a lot of people love the series for how it's brought taboo issues like suicide, rape and bullying into the public forum, many have criticised the way a lot of these scenes were portrayed.

One of the more controversial scenes in the show includes the character of Jessica getting raped - and shockingly - Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, has revealed some incredibly disturbing reactions she’s received about the character.

Speaking to Elite Daily, Alisha revealed that she’s seen many people attempt to slut shame or victim blame Jessica for being assaulted in the first place.

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Totally disgusting, right?

“I thought everyone would sympathise with Jessica because of what she’s been through, to me that made the most sense. She’s a survivor and she’s been trying to deal with it and she’s acting out because of it," Alisha said.
"But what I realized when the show came out, I was getting comments and being tagged in photos and fan theories that I can’t help but look at, but basically, people are slut-shaming Jessica. They’re calling her a b*tch and they’re saying she deserved it, that I should take Justin back and I shouldn’t be that drunk at a party and it made me take a second and step back and realise, wow, we as a society are not able to not blame the rape survivor but more so we want to take Justin’s side because he’s charming and has a nice smile."

She continued,

"[It] makes me so hurt and angry and it makes me want to get more involved in being an advocate for women and men who are sexually assaulted and are survivors of rape because the conversation still hasn’t changed."

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It isn’t the first time Alisha has spoken out about these hugely important issues. She recently stood alongside former US Vice President Joe Biden to help victims realise they are not alone.

"We want the survivors in the room today to know that your voice matters, your story is important and your truth is real,” she said. "You are never, ever, ever alone."

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.