Actress Natalie Portman Recalls 'Sexual Terrorism' To Women's March

"What brought me out here today is everything that has been happening in the previous year, specifically all of the injustices against people of color and women and especially the Donald Trump presidency, which I consider to be illegitimate", said a woman named Shannon who lives in Anaheim but preferred not to give her last name.

Marking one year since Donald Trump's inauguration, the Women's March on January 20 once again brought out of hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets of major cities around the country (and around the globe), this time with an agenda focused on voter mobilization. They held signs that said, "Grab 'em by the midterms.' Others read, 'This is my resisting bitch face" and 'voting is the best revenge'.

During her speech to the Women's March in Los Angeles, Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson called out actor James Franco, accused of sexual misconduct by five women in an article recently published in the Los Angeles Times, for wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globe Awards.

The day after Trump's inauguration previous year, millions of women did the same thing.

After the film was released, Ms Portman said she was excited about getting her first piece of fan mail but instead wound up reading a "rape fantasy that a man had written me".

She said that a countdown was started on her local radio show to her 18th birthday-indirectly the date that she would be legal to sleep with.

Portman said she rejected roles with a "kissing scene" and developed a reputation as "prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel like my body was safe and my voice would be listened to".

The "Time's Up" initiative spearheaded by several prominent actresses including Johansson, and supported by hundreds more, was founded to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in the workplace. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually that I would feel unsafe. "Everything is moving toward the right, and we have a president who seems to have no decency". You told the world that time's up on silence.

These were the voices that were seen and also heard.

"I'm impressed with all the young people", she said, "It gives me hope for the future".

Police said there were no active threats against the march before it began, and Officer Rosario Herrera with the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section reported no arrests or major incidents related to the march. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies, and many on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year.

In Morristown, New Jersey, that state's new first lady told a crowd she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college.

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