“Harry Potter” star Jessie Cave was raped by her tennis coach when she was just 14 years old.
Jessie, 33, who played Ron Weasley’s love interest Lavender Brown in the hugely successful series spoke of the traumatic experience on the “We Can’t Talk About That Right Now” podcast with her sister Bebe, 23.
The siblings were discussing their adolescence and who “had it worse,” when Jessie opened up.
“I think rape at 14 is pretty bad. By your tennis coach, who you trusted, a position of power,” she said before adding, “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 admitted that “there are still consequences from that period of time that I’m only realizing 18 years later.”
She continued, “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.
“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 was a highly ranked swimmer and tennis player before injury forced an early retirement.
She snagged the role as Lavender Brown through an open casting call in 2007, beating out over 7,000 girls.
Since then Jessie has appeared on stage in London and performed comedy sets.
She has a daughter and son with comedian Alfie Brown and the couple are expecting their third child together.
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